Education

State officials are telling the Washoe County School District it must change the way it handles Individualized Education Plans, or IEPs, for special needs students. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that some funding for the district could be at stake if the issue is not addressed swiftly.

Trcuckee Meadows Community College

Construction plans are being finalized for a new health science center at Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports the facility at TMCC's Redfield campus in south Reno will lay the foundation for future expansion to the school's nursing program.

The $10 million project includes renovating an existing building along with constructing a new facility that will house a high-tech nursing simulation lab resembling real-world conditions.

University of Nevada, Reno

Campus has been bustling with thousands of students who started their classes Monday at the University of Nevada, Reno. This school year, more than 19,000 students are enrolled, setting a new record, and Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that campus living quarters are pretty tight in order to house 2,600 of those pupils.

Some dorm rooms are being converted from singles to doubles or from doubles to triples in order to meet demand.

At a recent conference at the University of Nevada, Reno, Governor Brian Sandoval spoke to nearly a hundred of the state’s education leaders about improving early childhood education. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss reports that one of the governor’s top goals moving forward is to expand all-day kindergarten programs.

Right now, about two-thirds of elementary schools in Nevada have all-day kindergarten. Sandoval says he hopes to soon see it offered statewide.

A new portable classroom unit that is awaiting installation at Brown Elementary School.
Photo by Anh Gray

Students head back to school on Monday, but there aren’t enough classrooms for everyone. To alleviate the over-crowding, the Washoe County School District is installing about a dozen portable classrooms at several schools.  

From the inside, the third grade portable classroom at Brown Elementary in South Reno doesn’t look much different than a typical brick-and-mortar set-up.  There are colorful maps and flags on the walls along with piles of neatly stacked textbooks. 

 A Northern Nevada lawmaker is calling for legislation that could change how school boards are chosen and govern. This comes as Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez has resumed his responsibilities, following a feud with the school board.

    

  

School board hears hours of public outrage

Jul 31, 2014

The board still can't say much about the superintendent, but that didn't stop public comment, hours of it. Parents, lawmakers, community leaders, business people, many accused the board of improperly and unfairly attempting to fire Pedro Martinez.

Theresa Navarro, a local education advocate, was one of them.

"We are so disgusted with you, and I want a recall action."

Educating Children who have Autism

Jun 30, 2014

There are hundreds of children in Washoe County diagnosed with autism, but there’s a difference in opinion about the best way to educate these students. As part of our ongoing series on autism, Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli looks at how parents and educators are making these tough decisions.

It's finals week at Newton Learning Center and teacher Jody Smith is preparing his class for their last math test of the year. 

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