Education

Education
9:44 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Survey: 11 Percent of Students At UNR Experience Unwanted Sexual Contact

Between 2011 and 2013, how many sexual offenses would you guess were reported at UNR's campus?

Just one.

"Like there’s no problem at all, and we know that’s just not true.”

Jennifer Lowman works at UNR and conducted the new survey on sexual misconduct on campus.

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Education
10:51 am
Mon February 2, 2015

School Choice: A Major Priority For Some Education Reformers

School choice is a common refrain among conservatives when discussing education reform.

Seth Rau of the advocacy group Nevada Succeeds says it’s all the more important this session, given the governor’s plan to raise nearly a billion dollars for the state’s school system.

“Some Republicans are in favor of raising the revenue. Some Republicans are not, but the choice issues are the ones that can unite Republicans.”

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Education
4:37 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Nevada's graduation rate dips

Nevada's graduation rate went down last year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

The graduation rate for Nevada's Class of 2014 dipped just slightly to 70 percent. That's less than 1 percentage point below the previous year, according to the Nevada Department of Education.

In Washoe County, the graduation rate held steady at 72 percent. Traci Davis is interim superintendent for the district.  

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Education
9:48 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Head of WCSD: More capital, infrastructure, and outreach needed in 2015

Traci Davis is interim superintendent for Washoe County Schools and delivered her State of Education address Thursday.

Traci Davis became interim superintendent for Washoe County Schools when Pedro Martinez was relieved of his duties last summer. It was a decision by the board of trustees that kicked off a long and costly legal process for the district.

Davis delivered her state of education address Thursday night and joins Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray to talk about goals for 2015 and the obstacles standing ahead.

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Education
4:28 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

TMCC launching UAV certificate program

UAV technology designed by Reno-based Drone America. The company is working with TMCC to help train students in unmanned aerial systems.
Credit Drone America

A former military contractor who spent the past three years flying drones in Iraq and Afghanistan is building a brand new curriculum at Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that starting next semester, Mark Sharp will be training students how to operate and repair unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Education
3:54 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Program teaches low-income Reno teens how to save

Low-income, working teens participate in the MyPath program.
Credit MyPath

A program helping low-income, working teens learn how to save their paychecks and budget their finances is rolling out this summer in Reno. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

NOTE: This story and interview originally aired on KUNR in April of 2014.

The My Path program started in San Francisco five years ago and is now expanding into Reno.

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Education
4:01 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Washoe School Board gets two fresh faces

Education leadership in Washoe County has seen several changes just this week as an interim superintendent took the helm and voters elected two first-time trustees. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that after several months of turmoil for the school board, the district is finally entering a new chapter.

Nick Smith beat out board President Barbara Clark by almost 30 percentage points, while Veronica Frenkel narrowly defeated Jim Shaw.

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Education
12:29 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Traci Davis now at the helm of Washoe Schools

Traci Davis is now the interim superintendent for Washoe County Schools, following the departure of Pedro Martinez.

Pedro Martinez left the post of superintendent for Washoe County Schools this week, marking the end of a tumultuous series of events over the past several months that has prompted intense scrutiny of the board of trustees from the community. As the district closes this rocky chapter, Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss caught up with Traci Davis, the new interim superintendent to learn more about her background and priorities moving forward.

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Education
1:56 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

NV's Superintendent discusses Common Core

School districts across the state are implementing the new k-12 academic standards, known as Common Core. State education officials say they challenge students with a more rigorous curriculum that better prepares them for college. However, some teachers and education experts also criticize the standards as poorly designed and driven by corporate interests. 

Nevada's Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga responds to these concerns and explains what this new chapter in education reform means for public schools here. 

 

 

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Education
2:17 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Nevada community colleges get $10 million for career-track programs

Credit Western Nevada College

Nevada's four community colleges are getting federal grants for almost $10 million. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the funding, which was announced this week, will go towards programs that train students for in-demand jobs across the state.

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