Education

What's Nevada's Turnaround Grant?

Sep 23, 2016
Alexa Ard

The Turnaround Grant is now in its second year, providing low-ranking Nevada schools with millions of dollars to help improve their performance. Reno Public Radio's Sarah Parks explores how the program works.

Desert Heights, Grace Warner, and Sun Valley Elementary Schools are just a few of the 39 institutions in Nevada awarded with the Turnaround Grant. 

Alexa Ard

More than 200 social workers are being placed in schools throughout Nevada this academic year. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

The Nevada Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Respectful Learning Environments, established during last year’s legislative session, is funding the addition of two-hundred-nine-point-five school social workers.

Parents Air Concerns At School Overcrowding Forum

Aug 30, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Parents voiced frustration at a town hall meeting this week at Wooster High School held by the Washoe County School District to address overcrowding and infrastructure needs.

School district officials painted a dire picture of what will happen next year if a capital improvement ballot measure, known as WC-1, fails to pass. That includes more portable trailers, splitting schools into two schedules and using computer labs and libraries as classrooms.

Julia Ritchey

Washoe County got an early start to the school year on Monday, with all but five public schools back in session. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports from one of the district's overcrowded schools.

Alexa Ard

More than 64,000 students are headed back to school Monday across the Washoe County School District. Little will change for most students, but there are several potential developments that could affect public education this year — from a big ballot measure to the school board election. 

Noah Glick

An Innovations High School graduate is the first recipient of a new scholarship, after winning an international music competition. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

Nevada's High Court Scrutinizes School Choice Program

Jul 29, 2016
Nevada Supreme Court

The Nevada Supreme Court heard arguments today both for and against the state's sweeping school choice program. 

The high court heard two challenges to Nevada's Education Savings Account program, or ESAs, passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last year.

The ESAs are designed to give parents the state's per-pupil allocation, roughly $5,000, to pay for private school tuition and other qualified programs.

At question in the first challenge is whether the state inappropriately diverted funds from public schools.

Alexa Ard

The Nevada Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments on Friday over the state's controversial school choice program.

Nevada's Education Savings Accounts have been under scrutiny since legislators approved the program last year.

But that hasn't stopped more than 6,000 parents from signing up already. The ESAs allow parents to tap into the state's per-pupil funding, roughly $5,000, to help pay for private or home schooling.

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School District has been notified by the state Department of Education that its students are under-prepared for college. That's true, but its not the whole story behind recent ACT test scores for local students. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

Noah Glick

Three 2016 graduates from Damonte Ranch are now national champions in 3-D animation. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

McKayl Turner was a pretty normal high school grad gearing up for college. But last week that all changed.

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