Education

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.

Noah Glick

The fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, have historically been male-dominated. But an all girls’ robotics team at Reed High School is looking to buck that trend.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick went to one of their recent competitions to learn more.

TMCC

Truckee Meadows Community College is getting a $10,000 grant to bolster its support for students recovering from substance abuse. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has the details.

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School Board approved a 76 million dollar plan for new and renovated school facilities.

Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick sat down with Pete Etchart, the chief operations officer for the Washoe County School District, to discuss exactly what projects are covered in this first round of spending.

Noah Glick

Reno police say the teenager shot by a school district police officer at Hug High School this month brought knives to school for days before the altercation.

Reno Public Radio's Noah Glick reports.

According to the Reno Police Department, the 14-year-old Logan Clark brought knives to Hug High School in an attempt to start an altercation with another student.

Clark instead used those knives in a fight with a different student, who suffered minor cuts to the face.

Washoe County School District

A month and a half after Washoe County voters approved a sales tax increase for school building improvements, the Washoe County School Board voted to approve a plan on the first round of projects.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

During Tuesday’s special meeting of the Washoe County School Board, trustees unanimously approved a plan that outlines how $76 million will be spent on school facilities.

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School Board will decide Tuesday on a multi-million dollar proposal to renovate facilities and move forward on a plan to build a few new schools. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

Noah Glick

Last week, a 14-year-old student was shot by a school police officer at Hug High in Reno. Local police have reported that the boy, named Logan Clark, was armed with at least one knife and did not follow the officer's verbal commands.

Local Concern For DACA's Future Is Growing

Dec 15, 2016
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University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson has announced that the school will not become a sanctuary campus for undocumented students, but it does support DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

As the Trump administration prepares to take office, local concerns that DACA could be repealed are growing. To explore this issue further, let's turn to our reporter Sarah Parks.

Noah Glick

Students and faculty of Hug High School in Reno were back at school today, one day after a 14-year-old student was shot by a campus police officer after threatening students with knives.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports on what the district is doing in response to yesterday’s events.

Two Washoe County Schools Avoid State Takeover

Nov 28, 2016
Alexa Ard

Two low-performing Washoe County schools are no longer at risk of being taken over by the state next school year. Our reporter Sarah Parks explores why that won’t be happening anytime soon.

The State Board of Education identified Natchez and Desert Heights elementary as two schools in need of improvement, and recommended them as candidates for state takeover through the Achievement School District Program.

That program can only help six schools in any given year, and ASD leaders have determined that these two schools aren’t the most severe cases.

WNC Reinstates Nursing Classes

Oct 11, 2016
Alexa Ard

Western Nevada College is restoring nursing classes at its Fallon campus. Our contributor Brook Bentley of Northern Nevada Business Weekly has more.

A partnership between Churchill County, the U.S. Department of Labor and the college is making this change possible by allowing WNC to use a large laboratory space located one mile from the Fallon campus.

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?

What's Nevada's Turnaround Grant?

Sep 23, 2016
Alexa Ard

The Turnaround Grant is now in its second year, providing low-ranking Nevada schools with millions of dollars to help improve their performance. Reno Public Radio's Sarah Parks explores how the program works.

Desert Heights, Grace Warner, and Sun Valley Elementary Schools are just a few of the 39 institutions in Nevada awarded with the Turnaround Grant. 

Alexa Ard

More than 200 social workers are being placed in schools throughout Nevada this academic year. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

The Nevada Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Respectful Learning Environments, established during last year’s legislative session, is funding the addition of two-hundred-nine-point-five school social workers.

Parents Air Concerns At School Overcrowding Forum

Aug 30, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Parents voiced frustration at a town hall meeting this week at Wooster High School held by the Washoe County School District to address overcrowding and infrastructure needs.

School district officials painted a dire picture of what will happen next year if a capital improvement ballot measure, known as WC-1, fails to pass. That includes more portable trailers, splitting schools into two schedules and using computer labs and libraries as classrooms.

Julia Ritchey

Washoe County got an early start to the school year on Monday, with all but five public schools back in session. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports from one of the district's overcrowded schools.

Alexa Ard

More than 64,000 students are headed back to school Monday across the Washoe County School District. Little will change for most students, but there are several potential developments that could affect public education this year — from a big ballot measure to the school board election. 

Noah Glick

An Innovations High School graduate is the first recipient of a new scholarship, after winning an international music competition. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

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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