Education

Digging Deep Into Possible Title IX Changes

Dec 20, 2017
Alexa Ard

 In September, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced major changes to how colleges and universities handle sexual assault. But long-term changes remain unclear, even three months after the announcement. Our news director Michelle Billman sat down with reporter Jacob Solis to sort this all out.

Michelle Billman: So back in September, Betsy DeVos issued this new guidance. How does it actually change the rules that were laid out by the Obama administration and why?

Alexa Ard

 

 

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently moved to undo an Obama-era expansion of Title IX enforcement, she left the world of higher education with a lot of questions. The old rules were meant to give more protections to victims of sexual assault on college campuses. DeVos says they go too far and deny those accused of assault due process. But at the University of Nevada, Reno, the people who work with sexual assault victims aren’t so sure.

 

 

The Legal Debate Over How Schools Use Title IX

Dec 20, 2017
Jacob Solis

 

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos moved to undo Obama-era rules for Title IX investigations at colleges and universities, it left a lot of questions. Chief among them: what standard of evidence should schools use when they investigate possible sexual assaults? Reno Public Radio’s Jacob Solis has more.

 

In 2011, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter that instructed colleges to use a specific standard in their investigations: preponderance of the evidence.

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As Nevada's gubernatorial race begins to heat up, current Republican Governor Brian Sandoval says he hopes one key piece of his legacy remains intact for the next administration.

Alexa Ard

Nearly half of the public school students in Nevada's Capital City live below the poverty line, and for educators, that can present a real challenge. 

"If you think about two kids walking into any school in our school district together, one of those kids may not have had breakfast that morning -- may not have enough food going home into the weekend -- or are challenged in some other economic way. So you take that and you combine it maybe with a student who is not an English language native speaker, they're at disadvantage." 

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With about 10,000 students, Elko County Schools are considered a moderately sized district. However, geographically, it's among the largest public school districts in the nation, creating challenges.

At the same time, Elko also boasts one of the highest graduation rates in the Silver State.

Elko County School Superintendent Jeff Zander spoke to KUNR's Paul Boger to check in.

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Less than half of all students in Nevada were able to score proficient on reading tests during the 2016-2017 school year. At the same time, only 35 percent of students were able to get the same score on math exams. That’s according to data released by the Nevada Department of Education. 

Paul, thank you for joining me.

I’m happy to be here…

University of Nevada Reno President Marc Johnson says the state of the school is strong, citing increased student enrollment as well as gains in becoming the state's only top-tier research institution. The president also discussed issues surrounding diversity and inclusion on campus.

For the seventh time since taking the top job at UNR, Marc Johnson delivered his annual state of the university address to a ballroom filled with staff, faculty and community members.

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This year, officials with Washoe County Schools are hopeful 80 percent of high school seniors in the district will be able to graduate on time. That would mark the highest graduation rate in the district’s history. At the same time, ACT scores have slipped and are beginning to lag behind the rest of the state.

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Officials with the Washoe County School District say they are anticipating a deficit somewhere between $22 and $28 million for this school year, making it the 10th year in a row the district’s expenses outpace revenue. Our News Director Michelle Billman sat down with Education Reporter Paul Boger to learn more.

So, school officials in Washoe County are looking at yet another year with large funding deficits. Can you tell us a little bit about what’s going on?

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