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The Brief – 12/12/16

Click here for our new series, “The Brief,” featuring some key education news and information items making the rounds today. Our goal is to provide you with a mix of perspectives that are framing the national, state and local education discussion.  
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Update on CCSD Reorganization: School Operational Team Elections

11/16/2016: Watch below as we speak to leaders at Valley High School in Las Vegas about the Clark County School District Reorganization and the resulting election of School Operational Teams.  
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Las Vegas Review-Journal: 9 of 21 Clark County schools tabbed for possible charter takeover

By AMELIA PAK-HARVEY LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Nine Clark County schools were recommended Tuesday for the controversial new Achievement School District, which will pair underperforming schools with charter operators by next year. Five middle and four elementary schools were included on the list. They are: Brinley Middle School Cambeiro Elementary Craig Elementary Jerome Mack Middle School Von Tobel Middle School Orr Middle School Bailey Middle School Fitzgerald Elementary Kelly Elementary Achievement district staff recommended the schools for consideration to the State Department of Education, eliminating the 12 other Clark County schools that were eligible for conversion in 2017. Within 30 days,[...]
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Reno Gazette Journal: School for children with autism gets permanent home

By Siobhan McAndrew, smcandrew@rgj.com 4:10 p.m. PDT November 4, 2016 Gone are the classrooms in a busy strip mall in Sparks. The students at the Newton Learning Center have moved into a permanent home in an old daycare in Caughlin Ranch. It has been a longtime dream of Rebecca Larrieu, who helped open the school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade on the autism spectrum in 2008. The school has worked with more than 200 families who attend school, after-school and evening programs and summer camp. “Autism numbers are increasing,” said Larrieu who, along with a small staff of[...]
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A Message from the Clark County School District – 10/27/16

Hello CCSD parents and families! Details about the Reorganization of the Clark County School District are available online. Visit ab394.ccsd.net for information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions about the reorganization. We encourage you to watch a video on a “Families” page on the website that explains how parents and guardians can be nominated and selected for the School Organizational Teams. This website will be regularly updated to keep you informed and engaged. We look forward to your involvement! To find out more visit: ab394.ccsd.net.  
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Las Vegas Review Journal: CCSD schools want to rise above Nevada’s underperforming label

By AMELIA PAK-HARVEY LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL At the front entrance of Desert Pines High School, a banner greets students with one urgent message: “Believe in YOU. GRADUATE!” In the main office, portraits of a few members of the Class of 2020 hang on a wall, offering an air of hope. The school of roughly 2,500 students is one of 21 in the Clark County School District that the state considers underperforming. That makes Desert Pines eligible for conversion to a charter school through the new initiative known as the Achievement School District. The reason: a 2015 graduation rate below 60[...]
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First Look: The Mojave Teacher Pipeline Project

Updated 11/4/16: The Mojave Teacher Pipeline Program, facilitated by Nevada Succeeds, began recruitment at The Mojave High School in September of 2016. Designed to help close the teacher shortage in Clark County with homegrown students while producing teachers who better reflect the socioeconomic composition of students within the Clark County School District, the MTPP guides students interested in becoming teaching professionals to ensure they have the information, knowledge and tools required to succeed in high school and enter college prepared. Curriculum for the first cohort of students was designed by The Mojave High School, Nevada State College and the University of[...]
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Las Vegas Sun: Nevada high school graduation rate continues to climb

By Ian Whitaker (contact) Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 | 1:09 p.m. Nevada’s high school graduation rate is up slightly, according to data released today by the state Department of Education. The statewide, four-year graduation rate is 72 percent this year, up nearly 2 percent from last year. It’s the third year in a row that the state graduation rate has seen a slight uptick. The state’s most populous counties — Washoe and Clark — also saw increases of about 2 percent. The four-year graduation rate in Washoe County rose to 77 percent, while Clark County posted a similar jump to[...]
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Reno Gazette-Journal: School board deciding big changes for 14 crowded schools

By: Trevon Milliard , tmilliard@rgj.com RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL / 12:57 p.m. PDT October 10, 2016 Some big changes could be around the corner for 14 crowded elementary schools, including early conversion to year-round classes, moving whole grades of students to nearby middle schools and doubling-up classes into the same room. The Washoe County School Board will decide Tuesday whether to approve the $956,000 in changes, taking up the matter at 4 p.m. in a public meeting at 425 East Ninth Street in Reno. Superintendent Traci Davis proposes the changes based on recommendations submitted by each school on how they’d like to[...]
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Las Vegas Review Journal: UNLV getting $5 million to develop space exploration technology

By Ian Whitaker Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 | 3:35 p.m. UNLV is set to receive up to $5 million to help develop space exploration technology, the university announced today. The deal between the university’s Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin will last five years, UNLV said in a statement. During that time, the company will pay faculty and students to work on Lockheed Martin’s space exploration projects as well as on NASA’s Orion spacecraft, designed to carry astronauts on faraway missions to asteroids and Mars. UNLV has previously collaborated on space-related projects with notable firms[...]
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