Nevada Ed-Watch 12/15/20

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Clark County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees

Click here to find your Trustee District

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5 pm. While all meetings are typically held at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121, all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas

Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

Can community members engage at Trustee Meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Community members can sign up to speak after the agenda has been posted– by calling the Board Office at (702) 799-1072 at least 3 hours before the scheduled meeting, or signing up in-person at the beginning of the meeting. Prior to each agenda item being voted on, speakers can share their perspective after the Board’s discussion and prior to the vote.


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees.

  • Click here & here to view public comment on agenda and non-agenda items.

Board Approved Summative Evaluation of the Superintendent of Schools

The purpose of the Summative Evaluation process is to develop a single Superintendent Evaluation that combines and synthesizes the individual evaluations each Trustee conducted for the Superintendent. The evaluation process was facilitated by Dr. Thomas Alsbury, founder and president of Balanced Governance Solutions.

Prior to the summative evaluation, the Board’s seven Trustees completed individual evaluations of Superintendent Jara for 2020. This is the Superintendent’s second evaluation following the first evaluation in December 2019. 

Growth Suggestions provided in the Trustees’ evaluations of the Superintendent were compiled and anonymously recorded in a rating sheet. Trustees rated each Growth Suggestion and returned the document to Dr. Alsbury on December 14. All Growth Suggestions scoring an average rating of 3 (Agree) or 4 (Strongly Agree) were compiled into a summative evaluation draft by Dr. Alsbury who also combined identical or similar suggestions, when possible, to avoid repetition. The draft was sent back to Trustees on December 14. At the December 15 meeting, Trustees discussed the summative evaluation draft to determine which Growth Suggestions to include in the final Superintendent Evaluation document.  

Click here to view the summative evaluation process.

Trustees also discussed the ratings from the Superintendent’s evaluation. Trustees used an evaluation tool that included nine indicators under four areas of focus, rating the Superintendent in each indicator on a scale of 1 to 4. The categories represent the focus areas agreed upon by the Board of Trustees and the Superintendent for the 2020 evaluation year.

Rating scale: 

1 = Did not meet the standard.
2 = Inconsistently met the standard or the standard was met with frequent and avoidable errors.
3 = Consistently met the standard with minimal errors.
4 = Consistently met the standard.

Superintendent Average Performance Ratings by Indicator: 

  1. Effective Operational Oversight 
    • 1A: Major changes to Organizational Structure – Total Average rating: 2.2
    • 1B: Focus on Student Success & Equity – Total Average rating: 2.1
    • 1C: Major Financial Issues – Total Average Rating = 3.2
  2. Effective Progress Monitoring & Reporting
    • 2A: Report Progress to Trustees – Total Average Rating = 2.9  
  3. Effective Communication
    • 3A: Communicates Effectively with Trustees – Total Average Rating = 2.4
    • 3B: Communicates Effectively with Broader Community – Total Average Rating = 2.3
    • 3C: Communicates Effectively with Internal staff – Total Average Rating = 2.0
  4. Effective Collaborative Leadership
    • 4A: Models Community Inclusion – Total Average Rating = 2.6
    • 4B: Promote a Collaborative Culture – Total Average Rating = 2.1

Trustees unanimously approved a motion for Dr. Alsbury to merge Growth Suggestions using feedback from Trustees to complete and finalize the Superintendent’s evaluation. The final Superintendent Evaluation, to include the merged Growth Suggestions along with ratings, is anticipated to be completed this week.

Click here to see Superintendent Jara’s self-evaluation.
Click here to see the summary rating scores from Trustee evaluations.
Click here to see submitted evidence for each focus area.
Click here to read more about this in The Nevada Independent.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 12/11/2020

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA)

What is the SPCSA & what are they responsible for? Considered one of Nevada’s school districts, the SPCSA sponsors and oversees public charter schools. The Authority consists of seven appointed members responsible for overseeing educational and operational standards, and holding sponsored schools accountable to the academic achievement of students. 

How often does the SPCSA Board meet? The SPCSA typically meets one a month, generally on Fridays. 

Click here for SPCSA meeting schedule and materials.

Can community members engage at SPCSA Board Meetings? While all meetings of the SPCSA are typically held publicly at the Nevada Department of Education building in Carson City and the Nevada Department of Education building in Las Vegas (1st floor boardroom), all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. Members of the public may view the meeting online via the link on the SPCSA’s Public Notice web page and the agenda and any supporting materials can be found here. Public comment may be given on any agenda item at the beginning of the meeting, or public comment regarding any matter that is SPCSA-related may be given at the conclusion of each Board meeting. Members of the community giving public comment can utilize the following conference call line: 1-312-584-2401; extension 3952176# with a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Alternatively, public comment may be submitted in writing to publiccomment@spcsa.nv.gov, and any such public comment received prior to the meeting will be provided to the Authority and included in the written minutes of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA Members.Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, December 11, 2020

State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting? 

Members of the public also submitted public comment online:

Click here to view Public Comment #1
Click here to view Public Comment #2
Click here to view Public Comment #3
Click here to view Public Comment #4
Click here to view Public Comment #5

Board Heard Update on COVID-19 In-Person Learning Guidance

The board heard an update on the SPCSA COVID-19 In-person Learning Guidance from Director Feiden, who noted that there were no major changes in status following the update given at the December 5, 2020 meeting.

School leaders will continue to work diligently with local health officials on the COVID-19 response. Director Feiden recommended that the best course of action is to maintain the current in-person guidance. SPCSA staff will continue to communicate with schools regularly to provide needed supports and information. SPCSA will convene an emergency board meeting if there is a change in the Governor’s directive or an update from the Nevada Department of Education regarding the COVID-19 response prior to the next scheduled on January 22. 

Members of the board requested information about access to the COVID-19 vaccine for teachers and expressed concerns about meeting the needs of Special Education students.

Click here to read the recommendation.

Board Heard Update on Validated Demographic Enrollment Data

Each year on October 1, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) takes a snapshot of student enrollment, known as Validation Day. Enrollment data is collected at the student level. The data is validated by Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and charter schools and used by NDE, SPCSA, LEAs, charter schools, and other stakeholders, for official federal and state reporting and funding. 

Report highlights:

  • A total of 53,223 students enrolled at SPCSA-sponsored schools for the 2020-21 school year — a 7.7% increase in enrollment from prior year.

  • Almost one-third, or just over 17,000 students, were enrolled in Title 1 schools.
  • Enrollment increased year over year for Asian, Black, and Hispanic/Latino student populations, as well as FRL, IEP, and ELL.
  • Despite the increase in diverse student populations, SPCSA schools enroll fewer Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native students, ELLs, and other special populations as compared to the state average.
  • The ELL enrollment rate for new SPCSA-sponsored schools that opened for the 2020-21 school year exceeds both SPCSA and state ELL enrollment rates.

Board members requested seat number data for new schools and a process to collect student exit data to inform strategies that improve student retention.

Click here & here to view the presentation materials.

Board Heard Update on 4-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates

The 4-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) is the percentage of students in a school’s cohort of first-time 9th graders that will graduate within four years. The rate is increased when new students transfer into the school and decreased when students transfer out. 

Highlights on graduation rates for SPCSA-sponsored schools:

  • The 4-year graduation rate for the Class of 2020 is 84.2%–a 6.4% increase from prior year.
  • 10 schools reported a 100% graduation rate–more than double the prior year.
  • Year over year graduation rates increased for all student groups, including students identifying as Asian, Black/African American, White, Pacific Islander, or two or more races, as well as ELLs and students with disabilities.

Click here to view the presentation materials.

Board Reviewed Four (4) School Renewal Applications

SPCSA staff presented information to the Board about four school renewal applications, followed by Board discussion and an opportunity for each school to present before the Board.

  • Elko Institute for Academic Achievement: Approved 
    • Elko Institute for Academic Achievement (EIAA) was approved for a 5-year renewal term. The board shared the following highlights:
      • EIAA Middle School has held a 5-star rating since the 2017-18 school year.
      • EIAA most recently received a perfect score under the Organizational Performance Framework.

Click here to see the full EIAA application report.

  • Alpine Academy: Approved
    • Alpine Academy was approved for a 6-year renewal term. The board shared the following highlights:
      • Alpine has exhibited adequate performance, not earning less than a 3-star rating.
      • Alpine most recently earned a perfect score under the Organizational Performance Framework.

Click here to see the full Alpine Academy application report. 

  • Equipo Academy: Approved
    • Equipo Academy was approved for a 6-year renewal term. The board shared the following highlights:
      • Equipo High School is rated 4-stars with a 5-star rating at the middle school.
      • The board commended Equipo for its dedication to improving performance and for its high graduation and FRL rates.

Click here to see the full Equipo Academy application report.

  • Silver Sands Montessori: Approved
    • Silver Sands Montessori was approved for a 6-year renewal term. The board shared the following highlights:
      • In almost every year Silver Sands Elementary has earned a minimum 3-star rating.
      • The board commended the Silver Sands team for their dedication to transforming its middle school from a 2-star to a 5-star rated school.

Click here to see the full Silver Sands Montessori application report.

Board Heard Recommendation on TEACH Las Vegas Application

The board denied a new charter school application for TEACH Las Vegas for the 2021-22 school year following recommendation by the SPCSA staff. Staff noted concerns that the application fails to satisfy NRS 388A.249, shows limited evidence of established community partnerships or how the school will meet the needs of the target population. The board also noted areas of strength in the application including a clear mission, a plan to continue parent engagement, a strong emphasis on data and individual student achievement, and a robust professional development plan.

Click here to see the TEACH Las Vegas application report.

Board Heard Update on 2021 Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment

The Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment is an evaluation of student demographic information, the academic needs of students, and the needs of students who are at risk of dropping out. The SPCSA board first approved the needs assessment at the July 26, 2019 meeting.

Proposed updates to the needs assessment for this year will include limited technical changes, dropout and graduation rates, enrollment and demographic information, and the addition of a new section to focus on the implementation of the needs assessment.

The updates aim to aid the SPCSA in assessing its impact and telling the public the story about the work the SPCSA is doing. The assessment will be brought to the board for possible action at the January 28 board meeting.

Click here to view the Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment.

Click here to view proposed updates.

Long-Range Calendar

In the coming months, the SPCSA board will engage in conversation on the pre-opening process for new charter schools, and expected new schools will provide an update on their work. At the request of board members, SPCSA will also consider rescheduling the March 26 and May 28 meeting dates that fall on or near CCSD’s spring break and Memorial Day respectively.

Click here to see the long-range calendar.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 12/10/2020

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2020 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Members of the community providing testimony must fill out a visitor card, available on-site the day of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, December 10, 2020
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony regarding: 

  • Concerns about new criteria for substitute teachers.
  • Concerns about the risks associated with in-person learning for educators.

President’s Report 

President Wynn expressed gratitude to outgoing members of the State Board of Education, Dawn Miller, Robert Blakely, and Kevin Melcher. She also welcomed new and incoming members:  

  • Mike Walker, NV Association of School Boards Representative
  • Tim Hughes, District 1 
  • Katie Coombs, District 2 
  • Rene Cantu, District 4 

Beginning in 2021, President Wynn, who has served on the board since 2012, will no longer serve on the board. Vice President Newburn has been appointed by Governor Sisloack to transition to the role of Board President. 

Click here to read about this from 8 News Now.

Superintendent’s Report

State Superintendent Ebert report highlights:

  • Seven school districts and 21 SPCSA schools are fully engaged with a COVID-19 testing program. Additionally, all districts have received an allocation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 
  • The Commission on School Funding has shifted its focus from formula components to the definition of optimal funding. They are currently developing a document that outlines their work to date for further transparency with the public. 
  • The Department’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session are Equity, Alignment, and Recovery. The Department is currently reviewing bill drafts related to licensure and standards language clean-up, updated emergency plans for education, and other priorities that do not have a fiscal note. 

Click here to see the full report. 

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda highlights: 

Board Heard Testimony on State Improvement Plan 

In accordance with NRS 385.040(2), which mandates that at least one State Board meeting include a discussion with school and education decision-makers to discuss goals and benchmarks, partners and stakeholders provided testimony to the board on the Department’s work as well as the State Improvement Plan. Each commenter shared their commitment to students and their appreciation for the Department’s support throughout the pandemic. Commenters also shared the need to continue to partner closely with the Department on accountability and mental health supports. Commenters included: 

  • Chancellor Melody Rose, Nevada System of Higher Education
  • President Melena Raymond, Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 
  • Superintendent Kristen McNeil,  Washoe County School District
  • Trustee Jeff Church,  Washoe County School District Board of Trustees

Board Heard Update on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup 

At their November meeting, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Workgroup received presentations from the Department on self-reported demographic data of Department staff and competency-based education. Multiple school districts throughout Nevada are piloting these models to give students the opportunity to advance at their own pace. The DEI Workgroup will receive further updates on the implementation and efficacy of competency-based learning. Board members discussed their interest in further exploring competency-based education models.

Click here to view the DEI Workgroup Agenda. 

Click here to view the presentation on Competency-Based Education.

Board Heard Update on 2019-2020 Graduation Rates
In response to COVID-19, the Department provided updated guidance on graduation requirements to districts and the charter authority related to attendance, assessment, and guidance waived the requirement for participation in civics assessment for the class of 2020. The Nevada graduation rate for 2020 is 82.57%, a two-point decrease from 2019 (84.11%). Students who identify as Asian had the highest average graduation rates at 93.4%. Students who identify as Black/African American had the lowest average graduation rate at 69.5%. 

Board members discussed the increase in the number of students receiving the College and Career Ready Diploma and the need to ensure that all students have equitable access to the necessary courses in order to receive this diploma. They also discussed the need to validate that students who receive this diploma are indeed prepared for college and career. 

Click here to view the full presentation. 

Board and Stakeholders Engaged in Interactive Workshop 

Representatives from Nevada Succeeds, The Regional Professional Development Program, and Department staff facilitated an interactive workshop with Board members and education stakeholders to engage as thought partners on the priorities and direction of the Department. Participants reviewed and discussed the Department’s definition of equity, what it means for students to be “globally prepared,” and reflections on developing and implementing a statewide graduate profile. 

Click here to view the presentation.

Click here to view the discussion notes. 

Board Heard Update on 2019-2020 ACT Scores 

The ACT is used as Nevada’s college and career readiness assessment, assessing English Language Arts (ELA) and Math proficiency for high school students in grade 11. In Nevada, students are considered proficient if they receive a 17 or higher on the ACT. At most colleges and universities, students must receive a 22 or higher on the ACT to take non-remedial, credit-bearing college courses. 

The average ACT score for all Nevada students in 2019-2020 is 17.8, a slight increase from 17.6 for the 2018-2019 school year. ACT scores varied widely across racial/ethnic subgroups groups with a difference of 5.9 points between the highest scoring and lowest scoring subgroups: Asain students (21.3) and Black students (15.4). 

Additional data highlights: 

  • ELA Proficiency
    • All students: 48.8%
    • American Indian/Alaskan Native: 36.7% 
    • Asian: 69.7% 
    • Black 30.3% 
    • Hispanic: 37.4% 
    • Pacific Islander 45.2% 
    • 2+ Race: 58% 
    • White: 63.9% 
    • FRL: 37.1% 
    • IEP: 8.8% 
    • English Learners: 4.4% 
  • Math Proficiency
    • All students: 25.8% 
    • American Indian/Alaskan Native: 17%
    • Asian: 49.5% 
    • Black 10% 
    • Hispanic: 15.3% 
    • Pacific Islander 19.8% 
    • 2+ Race: 31.8% 
    • White: 38.8% 
    • FRL: 16.4% 
    • IEP: 3.1% 
    • English Learners: 1.9%

Click here to see the full presentation. 


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Nevada Ed-Watch 12/10/20

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Clark County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees

Click here to find your Trustee District

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5 pm. While all meetings are typically held at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121, all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas

Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

Can community members engage at Trustee Meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Community members can sign up to speak after the agenda has been posted– by calling the Board Office at (702) 799-1072 at least 3 hours before the scheduled meeting, or signing up in-person at the beginning of the meeting. Prior to each agenda item being voted on, speakers can share their perspective after the Board’s discussion and prior to the vote.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees.

  • Click here to view public comment on agenda items.
  • Click here to view public comment on non-agenda items.  

Trustees Announced Board Meetings To Air On CCTV

Trustees announced that Clark County will now air CCSD Board of Trustees meetings to improve access and provide greater transparency for the public. 

Click here to read more about this from 8 News Now Las Vegas.

Trustees Approved Consent Agenda 

Highlights: 

Trustees Discussed Availability of Mental Health Services for Students and Staff

The Trustees approved spending of $761,000 to purchase a districtwide data platform and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and wellbeing universal assessment for all students and staff. The program would allow for early intervention and tiered supports for students as well as guide staff to services and resources that fit their needs. The funds for this initiative, paid through the Assembly Bill 3 Block Grant and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), would support its implementation through December 10, 2021. 

Trustees expressed their support for the program and agreed that mental health services must improve at all levels and at all schools. Some trustees brought up concerns about the sustainability of the program beyond the one-year it is currently committed. Trustees discussed their commitment to continue looking for creative solutions for all students and staff to receive mental health support. More information on the program will be available during the January 2021 meeting. 

Click here to see the proposal.

Trustees Approved Two Namesakes

In October 2020, the School Name Committee (SNC) considered nominations for one new elementary school and one new middle school facility to be named. The SNC recommended Hannah Marie Brown as a school namesake for the Clark County School District based on her contributions to education. The SNC also recommended Barry and June Gunderson citing their positive influence on the District and the Las Vegas community. The Trustees provided their broad support for both Hannah Marie Brown and Barry and June Gunderson to be added as a namesake for the District. 

Click here to see the Hannah Marie Brown school name proposal. 
Click here to see the Barry and June Gunderson school name proposal. 

Trustees Adopted the 2021 Amended Final Budget

In accordance with NRS 354.598005(9), CCSD must file an amended final budget no later than January 1, 2021. The final budget will be submitted to the County Auditor and filed with the Department of Education, the Department of Taxation, and the County Clerk. The Board heard a presentation from Jason Goudie, CCSD’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), on the modifications from the 2020-2021 final budget. 

While the budget includes predictions for changes in revenues, there are still uncertainties regarding the fiscal impact of COVID-19, enrollment, reduced reserve funds, the outcome of the Senate Bill 551 court case, and plans to remain in distance learning or return to a model with students in school buildings. 

As part of the Education Stabilization Fund in the CARES Act, the District received Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to address the impact of COVID-19. The District plans to utilize a large portion of the ESSER funds for utilities, personal protective equipment for employees, and technology services.

Due to the impact of Assembly Bill 3, CCSD’s CFO anticipated a shortfall of $93 million in the District’s budget, reducing support for several programs including the New Nevada Education Funding, Read by Grade 3, and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). However, utilizing available funds from ESSER, additional reserves, and cuts to strategic budget plans, the District was able to restore the three programs. 

The budget reflects an increase in the cost-per-pupil by $68 from 2020, totalling $6,135 per student. Adding special education funds and local/federal funding outside of the District’s Distributive school Account (DSA), the total per pupil revenue is $7,938. This year, the District saw a decrease in student enrollment, which led to a decrease in revenue from the state by around $62 million. 

The budget also includes an unassigned funding balance of 2.25%. This will not serve as a rainy day fund, rather it is intended to drive bond ratings. An ending fund balance of at least 2% is required by district Regulation-3110.

Click here to view the presentation.
Click here to view the amendments.

Trustees Approved Employment Agreement for Vegas PBS

Trustees approved the employment agreement for Mary Mazur as the President and General Manager of Vegas PBS. Trustees thanked the outgoing President and General Manager, Tom Axtell, for his service to the community and his work to support students with disabilities.

Click here to view the employment contract. 

Trustees Approved Memorandum of Agreements With Education Support Employees Association

Trustees voted to approve two memoranda of agreements negotiated between the District and the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA).  The first memorandum extends the term for CCSD employees to donate sick leave for COVID-19 health issues to June 30, 2021. The second memorandum temporarily allows CCSD employees to perform work outside of their general work duties or eliminate any need for a reduction in workforce. This allows for flexibility of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Click here to view these agreements.

Trustees Honored Outgoing Board Members

Trustees took time to honor and thank Trustees Deanna Wright, Chris Garvey, and Linda Young for their years of contribution to the students, educators, and families in the district. 


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State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA)

What is the SPCSA & what are they responsible for? Considered one of Nevada’s school districts, the SPCSA sponsors and oversees public charter schools. The Authority consists of seven appointed members responsible for overseeing educational and operational standards, and holding sponsored schools accountable to the academic achievement of students. 

How often does the SPCSA Board meet? The SPCSA typically meets one a month, generally on Fridays. 

Click here for SPCSA meeting schedule and materials.

Can community members engage at SPCSA Board Meetings? While all meetings of the SPCSA are typically held publicly at the Nevada Department of Education building in Carson City and the Nevada Department of Education building in Las Vegas (1st floor boardroom), all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. Members of the public may view the meeting online via the link on the SPCSA’s Public Notice web page and the agenda and any supporting materials can be found here. Public comment may be given on any agenda item at the beginning of the meeting, or public comment regarding any matter that is SPCSA-related may be given at the conclusion of each Board meeting. Members of the community giving public comment can utilize the following conference call line: 1-312-584-2401; extension 3952176# with a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Alternatively, public comment may be submitted in writing to publiccomment@spcsa.nv.gov, and any such public comment received prior to the meeting will be provided to the Authority and included in the written minutes of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA Members.Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, December 4, 2020

State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting? 

Members of the public provided comment regarding: 

  • Requests to allow charter schools to return to full in person learning
  • Concerns from teachers about returning to full in person learning

Members of the public also submitted public comment online:

Click here to view Public Comment #1
Click here to view Public Comment #2
Click here to view Public Comment #3
Click here to view Public Comment #4
Click here to view Public Comment #5
Click here to view Public Comment #6
Click here to view Public Comment #7
Click here to view Public Comment #8
Click here to view Public Comment #9
Click here to view Public Comment #10
Click here to view Public Comment #11
Click here to view Public Comment #12
Click here to view Public Comment #13
Click here to view Public Comment #14

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report: 

Report Highlights: 

  • In Person Learning Update
    • Director Feiden does not currently anticipate any changes to the in person learning guidance.  Following the Governor’s order for Nevadans to voluntarily stay home and a rise in COVID-19 cases, many schools have reduced the scale of in person learning or temporarily returned to full distance learning. Ongoing supports are being provided to schools through weekly meetings, pass-through grants, and subsidized internet access for families.  Click here to see the full update.
  • Focus on Equity
    • The SPCSA has made progress towards equity initiatives, including a survey for school leaders regarding diversity and inclusion training, updates to the new charter school application to include efforts to close opportunity gaps and disproportionate discipline practices, and reports from schools on their practices to combat systemic racism. Board members requested additional information on teacher, school leader, and board diversity of SPCSA sponsored schools. Board members also requested to further discuss the implementation of a common application to support more equitable conditions for students and families.  Click here to see the full update.
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Pilot Program and Project Award Grant
    • The Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a framework that schools use to provide targeted support to struggling students. Nine SPCSA schools have opted into an MTSS program in collaboration with UNR.
  • SPCSA Annual Initiatives 
    • The SPCSA is focused on three main goals for the 2020-2021 school year: provide families with access to high-quality schools, ensure every student succeeds, and increase the diversity of the student population. The Board heard an update on progress towards these goals, including the nine associated initiatives. Click here to see the full update. 

Board Heard Strategic Plan Development Update 

Adam Johnson, Executive Director of Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus (DPAC), shared an overview of Democracy Prep Network’s timeline for the development of a strategic plan grounded in equity and anti-racism. This development includes a review of all DPAC campus systems and structures to ensure alignment with the needs of the school community and all students. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Board Heard Presentation from Charter School Association of Nevada

The Charter School Association of Nevada (CSAN) shared information on the Association’s role in representing district and state sponsored schools. Their current projects include contracting with media firms to tell the stories of their member schools, outreach to elected officials and community leaders, and monitoring government agencies.

Board Heard Update on SPCSA Student Discipline Data 

SPCSA staff provided an overview of discipline data and findings, collected by the Nevada Department of Education. Overall, SPCSA had a lower rate of incidents resulting in suspension compared to the state average. Similar to state and previous data, SPCSA students identifying as Black/African American or male — including those with a disability — are more likely to be involved in an incident resulting in a suspension compared to their peers.

Click here to see the presentation.

Board Approved Charter School Contract Amendments:

  • Mater Academy of Northern Nevada – Addition of distance education component: The Board approved student credit retrieval and advancement of coursework through supplemental distance education options not currently offered in brick-and-mortar school for middle school students. Click here to see the full recommendation memo.
  • Pinecrest Academy of Northern Nevada – Addition of distance education component: The Board approved credit advancement or retrieval for students for supplemental courses. SPCSA staff recommend approval with conditions including year end report of student performance and a student enrollment summary and courselog. Click here to see the full recommendation memo. 
  • Somerset Academy of Las Vegas – Facilities financing and acquisition: The Board approved an amendment for the Somerset Academy to gain ownership of the Aliante and Sky Canyon campus, which they currently occupy. This does not affect approved enrollment. SPCSA staff recommend approval with conditions on bond reporting. Click here to see the full recommendation memo.
  • Sports Leadership and Management Academy – Addition of dual credit: The Board conditionally approved the addition of a dual credit program that provides both high school and college credits to students for successful completion of courses. Click here to see the full recommendation memo.

Board Heard Update on SPCSA Financial Performance Framework Ratings

The framework is used to determine if a school is financially viable and to inform high-stakes decisions. SPCSA Staff provided an overview of the development of the framework, and associated indicators, approved in January of 2019. As of December 4, audits have been performed. Final data will be presented to the Board on January 22, 2021.

Click here to download the presentation.


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