Education

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.

Former Superintendent Traci Davis looks on as the WCSD Board of Trustees votes to fire her during a special meeting.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

The Washoe County School Board has voted to terminate Superintendent Traci Davis for either willfully, or through gross negligence, allowing confidential information to be leaked and, ultimately, used against the district. The firing caps off nearly two weeks of speculation and heated controversy between Davis and the district. KUNR's Paul Boger was at Monday's meeting and has this report.

A new law goes into effect next month that will extend the amount of time school administrators have to investigate allegations of cyberbullying. Karina Gonzalez has been examining bullying and its impacts on mental health in the Washoe County School District.

As a warning, this story includes conversation about bullying and suicide. If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees made their decision on a revised sexual education high school curriculum. In a 5-2 vote, the board amended and passed multiple lesson plans. However, board members said no to Lesson 1, which would have included education on sexual orientation and gender identity. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano breaks down what happened.

The Washoe County School District introduced its two-way immersion program a decade ago. It’s an opportunity for students to learn a secondary language and gain respect for another culture. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano uncovers the challenges the district has had implementing this complex program.

Illustration by Stephanie Serrano

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees approved multiple lesson plans this week for the revised high school sexual education curriculum. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was there for the vote, where multiple community members expressed that their voices weren’t being heard during the process. KUNR's Stephanie Serrano spoke to them and has this report.

 

Teacher Pay Gap Reaches New Highs

May 16, 2019
Economic Policy Institute

Public school teachers are seeing historically low wages compared to workers with similar education and skills. Noah Glick found our region varies wildly according to a new report.

Last year, the weekly wages for teachers was more than 21 percent lower than those of comparable workers. That’s according to the recent analysis from the Economic Policy Institute.

A man's arm and side of face can be seen. Behind him is a large crowd of people.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Lee en Español.

It was supposed to be the biggest feat of the 2019 legislative session — an ambitious overhaul of Nevada’s 52-year-old education funding formula that once and for all would ensure schools are paid more for the extra cost of educating students with extra needs.

 Dos mujeres de pie fuera de un edificio.
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

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Se suponía que iba a ser la mayor hazaña de la sesión legislativa de 2019: una ambiciosa reforma de la fórmula de financiación para la educación en Nevada que no ha tenido cambios desde hace 52 años, y que de una vez por todas, aseguraría que a las escuelas se les pague más por el costo adicional de educar a los estudiantes que tienen más necesidades.

Washoe County School Bus
Carla O’Day

Washoe County School District (WCSD) has a critical shortage of school bus drivers. The unemployment rate is low in the Reno-Sparks area, at 3.2 percent, and there is fierce competition for qualified employees. The district is seeking qualified people in the community to apply for school bus driver positions.

Erika Castro at the Nevada State Legislature
Michelle Rindels.

Lee en español.

For Erika Castro, it took years of doing odd jobs, babysitting and cleaning houses to be able to afford college. As an undocumented student, she faced more barriers in her quest for financial aid than U.S. citizens who can simply fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and land a Pell grant. Neither Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients nor undocumented students without DACA can receive federal aid.

Marisa Cooper leads a discussion at the Nevada Museum of Art.
Paolo Zialcita / KUNR Public Radio

Enrollment in science and technology programs is skyrocketing at Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno. But, as KUNR’s Paolo Zialcita reports, humanities programs are struggling to thrive and must adapt to the new educational environment.

Primatologist Jane Goodall speaks to students about conservation at a school in Incline Village.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Some students in Incline Village are among the newest members of an organization dedicated to promoting humanitarianism, conservation and environmentalism. As KUNR’s Paul Boger reports, the group’s founder, famed primatologist Jane Goodall, was in town to welcome them aboard.

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