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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. 

Alexa Ard

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.

Julia Ritchey

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
Carla O'Day

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."

Alexa Ard

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.

Julia Ritchey

The Washoe County committee charged with crafting a ballot question to raise $781 million for school infrastructure will make its final recommendation next Friday. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

The Public Schools Overcrowding and Repair Needs committee is considering two options to put to voters this fall.

The first would raise sales tax from 7.7 percent to about 8.3 percent, which would make it the highest in the state.

The second option would raise sales tax a little less, along with a boost in property taxes.

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The Washoe County School District held its annual State of Education address Monday night, and announced a major grant for local schools. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick was there and has more.

Traci Davis took the stage for the first time as permanent superintendent. And she used her opportunity to share some big news.

“Stacie Mathewson, founder and CEO of the non-profit, Transforming Youth Recovery, has announced [that] she intends to fund a 13-year project with $1 million per year.”

Rainshadow Community Charter High School

The 113 students at Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno will get to continue their courses this spring despite the school's teetering finances. The Washoe County School Board voted Wednesday to keep the facility open--at least for right now. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has the story.

In order to avoid a large deficit this spring, the school has proposed slashing salaries by 16% and cutting three positions. The changes will keep the school just slightly in the black, but there are risks.

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Hanna Lottritz is a journalism student at the University of Nevada, Reno and she recently wrote an essay that has gone viral. It’s called “Why I won’t be taking shots on my 21st birthday" and it candidly shares the story of how Hanna ended up in a coma after a night of drinking in Yerington.

Hanna stopped by KUNR to talk with our news director Michelle Billman about what happened.

While out with a group of friends at the Night In The Country Music Festival in Yerington last summer, Hanna joined in on a drinking contest. 

Nevada To Hire 160 School Social Workers

Jan 17, 2016
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State officials have awarded $5.6 million in grants to hire more than 160 social workers and mental health professionals in Nevada schools.

The awards are part of a broad anti-bullying initiative coordinated by Nevada's new Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment.

Eleven districts and six charter schools received funding. Students were recently surveyed on the health of their school climate, and awards were based in part on which schools needed the most intervention.

Alexa Ard

Nevada's controversial school choice program lost its first court challenge last week. For the latest, we turn to Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey.

The Education Savings Account Program was supposed to begin doling out money to some 4,000 families in February. But last week a state court granted a preliminary injunction halting it.

"I suspect there will be a relatively lengthy legal process before this finally gets resolved," says Kim Metcalf, dean of the college of education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He says what happens next is anyone's guess.

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