Education

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.

Alexa Ard

The Nevada Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments on Friday over the state's controversial school choice program.

Nevada's Education Savings Accounts have been under scrutiny since legislators approved the program last year.

But that hasn't stopped more than 6,000 parents from signing up already. The ESAs allow parents to tap into the state's per-pupil funding, roughly $5,000, to help pay for private or home schooling.

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County School District has been notified by the state Department of Education that its students are under-prepared for college. That's true, but its not the whole story behind recent ACT test scores for local students. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

Noah Glick

Three 2016 graduates from Damonte Ranch are now national champions in 3-D animation. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

McKayl Turner was a pretty normal high school grad gearing up for college. But last week that all changed.

Julia Ritchey

The Washoe County School District is looking to hire more than 150 teachers before school starts next month. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

TMCC

The new president of Truckee Meadows Community College has been in office for two weeks now. Our News Director Michelle Billman has the details.

Karin Hilgersom wants to continue capitalizing on the things TMCC is doing well, like working with area employers to tailor classroom lessons to industry needs.

She also wants to expand the school's partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno to grow accelerated learning options for TMCC students.

Noah Glick

Students from Washoe County had the chance to share what is and isn’t working in their schools at a special event hosted by the school district. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick was there.

Teachers, students and administrators from across the county met at the Nugget in Sparks to discuss the issues most affecting students.

The event included performances, personal stories and nearly a dozen breakout sessions on topics like cultural competence and stereotyping.

Meet The New Boss For UNR, TMCC

May 31, 2016
Aaron Mayes/UNLV Photo Services

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.

Alexa Ard

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
Washoe County School District

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.

Alexa Ard

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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