Education

Meet The New Boss For UNR, TMCC

May 31, 2016
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An official with the Nevada System of Higher Education says differences between the newly named interim chancellor and Dan Klaich, who's retiring next week, will lead to success. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

John Valery White will step in as NSHE’s chancellor until June 2017.

The Board of Regents vote to hire White was unanimous. Chairman Rick Trachok says White will be a different kind of leader due to his experience as a former Provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a former dean of its law school.

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The Obama administration is highlighting Washoe County as a model for how schools should treat transgender students. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

The federal government has issued a guiding statement to schools nationwide, recommending they allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identities, or risk losing federal funds. Model policies include those implemented by the Washoe County School District last year.

ICYMI: Ryan Gonda Joins Washoe School Board

May 12, 2016
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The Washoe County School Board has selected a replacement for one of its members who resigned last month following sexual harassment allegations. 

Ryan Gonda will replace Nick Smith and serve through the end of the year. 

The board unanimously chose Gonda from seven applicants Tuesday following five hours of interviews and debate.

Gonda is a domestic violence attorney for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

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State funding helped place social workers and other mental health professionals into Nevada schools this year. While Clark County received 104 positions, Washoe County got four. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick explores why.

During the 2015 legislative session, state lawmakers awarded a new grant to bring an estimated 161 social workers into schools. If proven successful, the program will be renewed in June.

Max Garcia is a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor who visited Reno this week from San Francisco to share his story of suffering starvation and torture while living in multiple Nazi concentration camps.

Garcia's late wife Pat chronicled his experiences in a book that they named after a haunting song that Garcia and other prisoners used to sing:

"Auschwitz, Auschwitz, I cannot forget you as long as I remain alive because when the time comes to die, I cannot die in as much as I've died here so many times."

Some Crowded Washoe Schools On Path To Double Sessions

Apr 28, 2016
Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to send some schools on the path to double sessions. That means an affected school would have to split its student body into two groups, with one group attending classes from 5:55 am to 11:55 am and the other group going in from noon until six pm.

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Four finalists vying for the top post at Truckee Meadows Community College are on campus this week. They include leaders of community colleges in Virginia, New York, and Illinois, along with one candidate currently working as the vice president of academic affairs at TMCC.

The four will be participating in public forums and interviews by the search committee over the next few days. That committee will make a recommendation to the board of regents, which will take a vote next week.

Three Reno High Schools Are Among Top Ten In Nevada

Apr 23, 2016
Alexa Ard

Three schools in Reno made the list of top ten high schools in Nevada, which was released this week by the U.S. News & World Report. Reno Public Radio’s Rocio Hernandez talked with the principal of Galena High, which came in second for the state.

Principal Tom Brown has been at Galena as an administrator and teacher for more than a decade. Brown says the ranking is a testament to Galena’s comprehensive teaching. 

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Medical students in Reno will soon be able to get more hands-on experience in Northern Nevada. Our News Director Michelle Billman reports why.

By summer of 2017, the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno will have more local offerings for what are called clerkships, which students do in their third year, rotating through half a dozen specialties to figure out what they like best. In the past, students have had to leave the area for these opportunities.

NSHE Consolidation Efforts Trigger Demands For Change

Apr 19, 2016

The Nevada System of Higher Education turned heads when it said it would consolidate police services between the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports the decision has raised larger concerns regarding how NSHE oversees and funds community colleges.  As a point of disclosure, the Board of Regents holds the license to this station.

Former TMCC President John Gwaltney says for years community colleges have gotten the short end of the stick, and he wants a better deal.

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The Nevada Department of Education has announced federal funds to help students experiencing homelessness. 

"In Nevada last year there were 17,172 students identified as homeless," says Mike Walker, state coordinator for homeless education. 

And, he says, that number has been increasing substantially over the last four to five years. That's where an annual grant from the Department of Education comes in.

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A Washoe County School Board Trustee has resigned amid allegations of misconduct involving a high school student.

In a statement, Board President Angela Taylor said that Nick Smith resigned after the school district was informed about the alleged misconduct.

Taylor said the alleged misconduct did not involve Smith's role as a trustee and happened at Smith's private work place, not on district property.

Taylor added that the district took immediate steps to keep Smith away from the student and the high school.

UNR Program Aims to Ease Statewide Teacher Shortage

Mar 31, 2016
Alexa Ard

A new program at the University of Nevada, Reno is churning out more science and math teachers. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more.

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The Washoe County Board of Commissioners passed on Tuesday a resolution for a school improvement initiative that will appear on a ballot this fall. Our contributor Bob Conrad of This is Reno has the story.

School advocates made an impassioned plea before commissioners about the condition of Washoe County schools.

Shaun Carey, who chaired a school infrastructure committee, made the case for the upcoming ballot measure which will raise sales tax to 8.3 percent, making it the highest in the state.

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During the last legislative session, state lawmakers passed two bills that are bringing more mental health professionals into schools across the state. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has that story.

Amber Reid is a social worker for the Washoe County School District. This year, she is joined by four new contract social workers, part of the state’s push to improve mental health services in schools, something she says is critical for improving student achievement.

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More than 200 educators from across the state met in Reno recently to discuss updating their curriculums to help kids overcome the effects of trauma. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

Victoria Blakeney is with the new state Office of Safe and Respectful Learning Environments, and was one of more than a dozen presenters. She says that Nevada kids are experiencing trauma at higher rates than the national average.

“Our data shows that kids, more than half, are coming from at least one ACE.”

Washoe School Board Looking For New Member

Mar 8, 2016
Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School Board is looking for a new member to fill a vacant seat. Barbara McLaury told the Reno Gazette-Journal in late January that she was resigning because of health issues.

The board is charged with appointing her replacement and will hold a special public meeting Wednesday night to hear from 12 applicants for the position. During that time, candidates will have the chance to make public comments to the board. 

Civic-Minded Kids Present Their Ideas To Reno City Council

Feb 29, 2016
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Mt. Rose Elementary students recently presented their ideas to city council to solve some of Reno's more pressing problems. Our contributor Bob Conrad with ThisisReno has the story.

Fifth grade students took turns sharing their ideas with the mayor and council members on issues like increasing local food options and helping the homeless.

"They have to walk around the street and try to make a living with nothing, and we want to change that nothing to something."

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Washoe County voters will see a new ballot question in November, one that could help area schools deal with repairs and overcrowding. A committee voted on that question Friday. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno was there has the story.

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