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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. 

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A political action committee (PAC) has raised about a million dollars to support a ballot measure that would raise the sales tax in Washoe County by half-a-percent. Money from the tax hike will fund school capital projects. As Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports a pending lawsuit threatens to strike the measure off the ballot.

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.

Washoe Schools Unprepared For Population Growth

Aug 28, 2015
Anh Gray

Washoe County School District officials painted a bleak picture Friday of the future of repair and construction needs to a newly formed committee on public school overcrowding. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey was there and has this report.

The average age of a Washoe County public school is 39 years old and $25 million a year is the minimum needed for repairs and renovations to the district's crumbling infrastructure.