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Portions of Nevada’s economy have recovered faster than previously predicted, and lawmakers are using that to their advantage. This week, the legislature’s two finance committees took steps to finalize the budget. The effort includes a new education funding formula and an additional $500 million for the state’s K-12 education system. To help explain what that means for students, KUNR host Michele Ravera spoke with political editor Paul Boger.

The exterior of the Nevada State Legislative Building in Carson City.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed almost every aspect of daily life. Nowhere might that be more apparent than in the classroom. Nearly half a million K-12 students in Nevada have endured months of learning remotely or through hybrid instruction showing up to school every other day. Experts predict that when students do return to school, they will have forgotten many of the things they've learned over the last year. That's why lawmakers are considering a number of bills meant to address those issues. To talk about that and more, KUNR's Morning Edition Host Noah Glick spoke with Political Reporter Paul Boger.

Exterior of the Washoe County School District administration building.
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The Washoe County school board recently entertained the idea of cutting the district's gifted and talented program. With Nevada's tax revenues continuing to languish because of the pandemic, the state's public education system is facing a serious budget crunch. To get a sense of how the legislative session may impact Northern Nevada's largest school district, KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Lindsay Anderson, the district's government affairs director, at a recent school board meeting.

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Lawmakers in Nevada ended their special session to address the state's massive budget shortfall over the weekend, passing just five bills in 12 days. To help us break down that legislation, and what it means for the state, we turn now to KUNR's Paul Boger and Lucia Starbuck, who covered the session in its entirety.

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Después de meses de educación a distancia en la primavera, todavía no sabemos cuál será la cantidad de trabajo que los estudiantes y los maestros deberán realizar desde casa en el otoño. 

Natalie Van Hoozer de KUNR habló con nuestra reportera Stephanie Serrano para analizar cómo fue la transición al aprendizaje a distancia durante la primavera, específicamente para los estudiantes aprendiendo inglés y las familias multilingües. 

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El gobernador Steve Sisolak anunció una directiva que permite que las escuelas públicas del estado, junto con las escuelas privadas y las escuelas subvencionadas conocidas como “charters”, abran de nuevo para los cursos del verano, pero con restricciones específicas. Con estas instrucciones, los distritos escolares pueden decidir por sí mismos cómo reabrir sus instalaciones. Con la pandemia todavía vigente, el papel de la educación a distancia para las clases del otoño aún no está claro. 

Stephanie Serrano de KUNR habló con su colega Natalie Van Hoozer para explorar que han aprendido hasta ahora los educadores del distrito escolar del condado de Washoe sobre el aprendizaje a distancia. 

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There are around half a million students enrolled in Nevada public schools, and more than 14 percent of them are considered English-language learners. With schools around the country relying on distance learning to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s unclear how the transition from in-person to online instruction affected those students. 

To help answer that question KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with reporter Natalie Van Hoozer to break it all down. 

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Governor Steve Sisolak announced a directive this week allowing school districts, along with charter and private schools, to reopen for summer school immediately, with specific  restrictions. Under the guidance, districts will decide for themselves how to reopen their facilities. With the pandemic still underway, it remains unclear how big a role distance learning will play in the summer and fall. 

KUNR’s Bree Zender spoke with our reporter Natalie Van Hoozer to explore what Washoe County School District educators have learned about remote learning so far.

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Ty O'Neil

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a directive on Tuesday, which will allow K-12 schools and facilities to reopen, with restrictions, for summer activities, effective immediately; however, those facilities are not required to reopen. KUNR’s Michelle Billman talked to our reporter Lucia Starbuck to break down what we know at this point.

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The decades-long fight to dramatically boost Nevada’s K-12 education funding has been waged in school boardrooms and legislative chambers, with incremental increases notched along the way, but now that adequacy battle is headed to the courtroom.

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El pasado 4 de marzo, una coalición de padres de familia presentó una demanda contra el Estado de Nevada, en un intento por desbloquear más dinero. 

La queja sostiene que el estado no ha cumplido su obligación constitucional de brindar recursos suficientes para las escuelas públicas, perjudicando así a  los niños.

A Carson City School District Bus

With nearly 8,000 students, Carson City has one of the larger school districts in the state, but nearly half of the students there live below the federal poverty line. That can present a real challenge for educators in Nevada's capital city. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Carson City School Superintendent Richard Stokes about the challenges and opportunities facing the district.

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Nevada education officials have awarded grants aimed at getting 134 students through fast-track teacher training programs in time for next school year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

The Nevada Board of Education voted last week to award more than $2.3 million in scholarship money to six institutions with what are called Alternative Routes to Licensure programs, which allow people with bachelor's degrees to transition into teaching.

The grants are part of the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program introduced by Governor Brian Sandoval.

Education Savings Accounts: Get The Facts, Fast!

Sep 3, 2015
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There's a lot of information, and confusion, surrounding Nevada's new Education Savings Account program. To get the lowdown, check out our handy infographic:

We often hear Nevada’s high school graduation rate described as low, dismal, embarrassing. It sits at 70 percent while some states are approaching 90. Even though Nevada lags behind, there is a growing patchwork of programs and interventions that are working. For our series “Making It To Graduation,” Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss talks to some of the educators and mentors who are on the ground level trying to improve the graduation rate one kid at a time. 

A historic tax hike of more than a billion dollars will soon help reform K-12 education in Nevada. But how will that money be tracked to make sure it supports real improvement? And during such a severe teacher shortage, who will even be on the ground level to implement change?

To get the answers, Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss talked to Dale Erquiaga, the state superintendent of public instruction. Their conversation is part of our series Making It To Graduation.

Traci Davis became interim superintendent for Washoe County Schools when Pedro Martinez was relieved of his duties last summer. It was a decision by the board of trustees that kicked off a long and costly legal process for the district.

Davis delivered her state of education address Thursday night and joins Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray to talk about goals for 2015 and the obstacles standing ahead.