Education

A photo of doors with a sign that says, 'Washoe County School District.'
Lucia Starbuck

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is facing several lawsuits from former employees. ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad has been following this issue. He sat down with KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck to break down what the people involved are up against.

Students and faculty leaders at the University of Montana are calling for the removal of swastika-like symbols from a historic building, sparking a debate over its use across the West. 

The Washoe County School District Zoning Advisory Committee met Thursday to vote on proposed rezoning plans that will affect several Reno schools.

The University of Nevada, Reno’s forensics anthropology unit on the scene of the California Camp Fire.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Kyra Stull

November 8, 2019 marks the 1-year anniversary of the start of the Camp Fire in California, the most destructive and deadliest fire the state has ever experienced. A year ago, the University of Nevada, Reno’s forensic anthropology team was called on to help identify human remains. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Marin Pilloud and Kyra Stull who assisted a team of doctoral students, volunteering their expertise and time in Paradise.

Text books stacked on top of each other.
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada’s public schools continue to lag behind the rest of the nation despite modest gains in math and reading scores in recent years. That’s according to the results of the most recent administration of the biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress — a test otherwise known as the nation’s report card.

Diana Tibaduiza’s youngest child is Valerie Tibaduiza. In her third grade classroom she is  currently writing fables. Her story takes place in Colombia with three piglets and a chick as her main characters .
Stephanie Serrano

Diana Tibaduiza migrated to Reno from Colombia in the early 2000’s. Her early years in the states exposed her to a life of bullying and trauma as a young Latina learning English. Now, she's raising two first-generation American children who are currently enrolled in the Washoe County School District. KUNR's Stephanie Serrano spoke to Diana about how her hardships and culture shock shaped her motherhood.

Marc Johnson mingling at the reception following his annual university speech.
Stephanie Serrano

The head of the University of Nevada, Reno says the school is accomplishing a number of growth-related goals while at the same time working to address recent incidents involving white nationalism. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano reports.

A pull quote is used to describe the words Christopher Monzon used when describing his experience at UNR.
Andrew Mendez

KUNR's bilingual student reporter Andrew Mendez has been looking into the unique obstacles Latinx students may face when they enter college. Along with reporting on the hurdles, he's been researching potential solutions on the local level. He joined our news director Michelle Billman to share his findings.

A man in a white leather jacket and black curly hair is leaning back as he stands playing his guitar. The guitar is red and white and there is a red drum set behind him.
Photo Courtesy of Jess Kitchingman

 

Nearly one in five students at the University of Nevada, Reno identifies as Latinx. Latinx is a gender-neutral term for Latino. Often, these students are first generation or "first gen" college students and face a unique set of challenges when it comes to retainment and support. KUNR’s Andrew Mendez explores. 

 

 

 

 

The University of Nevada, Reno released the findings of its Speak Your Truth campus climate survey during two forums Wednesday. The results come as the campus is grappling with multiple expressions of hate that have recently occurred. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was at the forums and brought back some data and insight on how students are feeling.

A Carson City School District Bus
CCSD

With nearly 8,000 students, Carson City has one of the larger school districts in the state, but nearly half of the students there live below the federal poverty line. That can present a real challenge for educators in Nevada's capital city. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Carson City School Superintendent Richard Stokes about the challenges and opportunities facing the district.

Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has approved an added lesson on sexual orientation and gender identity to the recently revised sexual education curriculum. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano has this report.

Illustrated by Stephanie Serrano

In June, the Board of Trustees for the Washoe County School District approved five updated lessons, but a lesson on sexual orientation and gender identity was sent back to the committee to be revised. Rochelle Proctor is the district’s sexual education coordinator. She’s been working with a team of advisors for over a year redefining the district’s sex ed. high school curriculum. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke to Proctor about the reasoning behind the curriculum changes and edits made to lesson 1.

A male student wearing shorts and short sleeve shirt walks out of the Nevada Living Learning Community residence hall. There is grass and strees in front of the brick building that has windows facing the grassy area.
Andrew Mendez

Editor’s note (9-27-19): Since this article was published, the University of Nevada, Reno has provided new language abour the Latinx dorm wing. According to UNR: “This living learning community is open to all qualified students with an interest in Latinx culture and history and/or identify as Latinx.” The audio and text for t

Students across Nevada are beginning to settle into the 2019-2020 school year. To get a sense of how one district is doing, KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Churchill County Schools Superintendent Summer Stephens about the opportunities and challenges facing one of the state's smaller districts.

Alexa Ard

Last week, Galena High School in South Reno was ordered into a code red lockdown after a concerned parent called law enforcement to report a perceived threat. The lockdown was quickly lifted but caused a lot of concern. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano sat down with Irene Payne, a district spokesperson, to break down what a code red means, along with discussing student and parent procedures.

 Megan and John Fikes describe their oldest son as a sweet and smart  boy who needs a constant challenge. The family has a backyard swing where Kaleb swings high without fear.
Stephanie Serrano / KUNR Public Radio

In Washoe County, school started this week and some classrooms are back to learning in Spanish. Kaleb Fikes is one of those students. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano visited his family to learn more about their experience with bilingual immersion.

The Washoe County School Board has set a tentative deadline of Summer 2020 to find a replacement for ousted Superintendent Traci Davis.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

The Washoe County School Board has put into place a tentative deadline to hire a new superintendent by the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

The Nevada System of Higher Education has unanimously approved University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson's proposal to house 1,300 students at a Circus Circus tower in Downtown Reno.

WCSD Interim Superintendent speaks to reporters following the Board of Trustees firing of former Superintendent Traci Davis.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

It’s been a little more than a week since the Washoe County School Board fired Superintendent Traci Davis, and with roughly a month until schools across the county reopen for the fall, many parents, teachers and students have been left wondering how the upheaval will affect the new school year. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Kristen McNeill, the district's interim superintendent about the recent changes, and how she plans to improve some of the issues facing the district.

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