Education

Alexa Ard

Monday marked the first major deadline for lawmakers during the 2017 legislative session in Nevada. Legislators worked late into the evening to introduce personal bills.

UNR Voices: Why Does Campus Sexual Assault Persist?

Mar 3, 2017
Alexandra Mosher

In the past decade the U.S. has not seen a substantial decrease in sexual assault among undergraduate college students. Our student contributor Alexandra Mosher explores the issue at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Alexa Ard

Nevada ranks first in the nation in job growth, according to a recent Gallup survey. But as Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, state leaders say there’s still much work to be done.

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A new report shows student growth and achievement are not necessary for Nevada's teachers to be rated as effective.

Nevada is one of 30 states that require student growth factors to be a portion of a teacher's evaluation. Growth is measured as the academic progress a student makes between two points in time, typically year over year.

Paul Boger

Education Savings Accounts have become an incredibly controversial topic in Nevada since lawmakers approved the voucher program in 2015. So far between 8,000 and 9,000 students have signed-up for the program despite a Nevada Supreme Court decision striking down the state's previous attempts to fund the ESA’s.

Jumping, clapping and waving bright yellow scarves on the steps of the amphitheater at the State Capitol in Carson City, hundreds of children danced to the music of Justin Timberlake as part of a rally in support of Nation School Choice Week.

Anh Gray

For the last dozen years, Washoe County voters rejected all education ballot measures. That streak came to an end yesterday when WC-1, the initiative to hike the sales tax to fund school infrastructure projects, passed.

Anh Gray

 

Note: This story orginally aired on May 24, 2016.

 

This November, Washoe County voters are being asked whether or not to approve a sales tax increase to pay for school capital improvements. School officials say the money will help alleviate overcrowded classrooms.

For quite some time now, many area business leaders have been hammering the message that school overcrowding could hurt the region’s economic growth. About four hundred gathered this past spring to rally support for the measure. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray has this report. 

Making Entrepreneurs Out Of Carson High Students

Oct 7, 2016
Alex Ellison

Alex Ellison is the Executive Envisioner for the New Entrepreneurship Program or NewE. This educational program is based out of Carson City High School and works to equip teens with entrepreneurial skills by providing a hands-on learning environment.

KUNR: Can you tell me about the NewE education program and what it entails?

Bob Conrad

The Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities hosted a public forum in Reno Tuesday evening. Candidates running for a number of state and local education boards had the opportunity to share their ideas. Our reporter Bob Conrad was at the event and debriefed Anh Gray about the issues.

KUNR’s Bob Conrad says a big concern for the candidates is how Northern Nevada’s changing economy is impacting education. Conrad says many of the candidates acknowledged that the region's economy is diversifying and transforming the state's future workforce demands.

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.

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