Nevada Ed-Watch 1-28-21

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, January 28, 2021

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 voice recorded public comment regarding: 

  • Support for the gun safety resolution 
  • Concerns about the plan to bring students back to school buildings 
  • Concerns about some Trustees’ character
  • Concerns about student mental health as a reason to open schools 
  • Support for increased pay for School Psychologists 

Click here & here to view written public comment on agenda items submitted online. 

Trustees Approved Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

Trustees also approved removal of Agenda Item 3.16 for further review.

Trustees Postponed Vote on Agreement with Campus 2020, LLC 

Trustees discussed the feasibility of an agreement between CCSD and Campus 2020, LLC to engage in a public/private partnership that allows the partner to purchase the land from CCSD, for CCSD to lease it, and then buy it back after 10 years. This agreement would reduce the cost for school building. Trustees raised concerns about the use of general operating funds to pay for the lease rather than bond dollars, which are used for school building construction. Some trustees recommended ensuring that this item comes before the bond oversight committee for discussion prior to trustee vote, however the bond oversight committee does not have authority on this item.  

This item will come back before the board at the February 11th meeting. A motion to postpone the vote indefinitely failed 3-4. 

Click here to view reference materials. 

Trustees Heard Presentation on CCSD’s Information Technology (IT) Organizational Structure

CCSD partnered with the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology for an organizational study intended to analyze current digital and physical structures. The study recommends adjustments on the items below so that the digital infrastructure supports current physical infrastructure more effectively. Recommendations included:

  • Proposed IT Organizational Structure in which there are clear roles and responsibilities, 
  • Staff development to support IT programs, projects, and services,
  • Staffing and funding suggestions,
  • End-user support services, and
  • cyber safety.

CCSD has acted on some of the recommendations including items regarding organizational structure and purchase of resources.

Click here to view the presentation.

Trustees Appointed Board Member to the Debt Management Commission and Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition

Trustees approved a motion to appoint Trustee Williams as Board Member to the Debt Management Commission and Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition. 

Click here to view the Debt Management Commission.

Trustees Appointed Board Member to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control

Trustees approved a motion to appoint Trustee Cavazos as Board Member to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Board of Control. 

Click here to view the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association appointee request.

Trustees Heard Presentation on Legislative Involvement and Advocacy 

Trustees approved a motion to adopt a board member plan regarding Trustee participation during the 81st (2021) session of the Nevada Legislature and Legislative Committee assignments. 

Click to view supporting documents:

Resolution Regarding Safe Storage of Firearms Notification

Trustees discussed a resolution regarding sending letters to parents and guardians that explains the importance of secure gun storage and the legal obligations to protect minors from accessing irresponsibly stored guns, to be included in annual registration materials at each school site, and requiring a signature. 

The letter would not prevent students from registering in a school if it is not signed. 

Trustees denied the motion to approve the resolution, but approved an amended motion to return the agenda item to the Board no later than June 1 with review and assessment of information by the Superintendent’s Safety Committee.

Trustees shared comments about the effectiveness of the letter to prevent student deaths, current Nevada law and 2nd Amendment Rights, and similar practices in other school districts to inform families of safe storage.

Click here to view Safe Storage Notification Resolution and list of current school districts that have passed safe storage or secure storage resolutions.

Trustees Heard Presentation on Current Budget Forecast

The State Department of Taxation recommends CCSD be removed from the fiscal watch list. Currently, CCSD is unable to create a definitive budget for the 2021-22 SY given variables such as COVID-19, recession, student enrollment, and State of Nevada funding reductions to K-12 education. With CCSD’s work to increase reserve money and over $300,000 of federal funding intended for COVID-related expenses, CCSD does not anticipate cuts. CCSD is not required to return to in-person learning to qualify for this federal funding. CCSD replenished funding for programs such as Read by Grade 3, GATE, and Senate Bill 178 (2017). The state has provided funding for 2% raises and healthcare, but due to the reduced total funding for CCSD, CCSD does not anticipate raises. 

Click here for the presentation.

Trustees Conducted Hearing for and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of Negotiated Agreement Between CCSD and CCEA

Trustees heard public comment in support of the MOA and approved the MOA, which modifies the pay of school psychologists in an attempt to attract and retain school psychologists. The financial impact statement for 2021 is $527,693 and is projected to be $1,121,378 for 2022.

Click here to view the negotiated agreement. 
Click here to view the approval of the new memorandum of agreement.
Click here to view the correct agenda item.

Public Comment #2

Members of the public submitted public comment on non-agenda items regarding:

  • Support and concerns regarding in-person learning plans to bring students and educators back to school buildings
  • Concerns about vaccine rollout
  • Request to delay date of ACT until teachers have time to get vaccinated
  • Concerns about district and media communication of student suicides
  • Concerns about lack of access to disaggregated data
  • Decisions to resume or postpone student sports

Click below to view public comments on non-agenda items submitted online.

Click here for a statement from Governor Steve Sisolak on the safe reopening of schools.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 1/28/21

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 2021 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. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, January 28, 2021
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 public comment regarding: 

  • Score range changes for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) to allow for consistency with other educator groups in the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF)
  • Concerns about the impact of proposed K-12 budget on students
  • Support for Felicia Ortiz as President of the State Board of Education
  • Concerns around data presented on attrition carry over dollars
  • Support for the needs of blind and visually impaired students

Vice President’s Report: Introduction of New Board Members

The Board’s Vice President Mark Newburn welcomed three new members to the board:

  • Tim Hughes, District 1
  • Katie Coombs, District 2
  • Dr. René Cantú, District 4

The new members had already taken their oaths of office, attended the December State Board of Education meeting, and attended a learning workshop regarding the profile of learning. The new board members expressed their excitement to join the board and move Nevada education forward. 

Click here to learn more about the Nevada State Board of Education members.

Superintendent’s Report

Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award

  • The RISE Award was established in 2019 by the U.S Department of Education (The Department) to honor classified school employees who provide exemplary service to students in Pre-K through high school. As outlined in the process for nominating school employees, The Department “invites the governor of each state and the chief executive of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Outlying Areas to nominate up to two classified school employees by November 1 annually.” In Nevada, nominations were sent to Governor Sisolak who selected two out of five finalists to represent Nevada for nomination to The Department. The two finalists are:
    • Kim Ruiz, an instructional aide for Humboldt County School District. Her work in modifying curricula supporting the Comprehensive Life Skills program at Winnemucca Junior High School allows differently abled students, including students who are non-verbal or parapalegic, to fully participate in STEM courses.
    • Victor Garcia-Mendez, who is currently one of four English Language Learning paraprofessionals. He is credited with creating the iCAN initiative to support parents and guardians of English Language Learners.

The three other finalists were also recognized:

  • Kass Woods, Instructional Aid at Virginia City Middle School in Storey County School District
  • Isabella, Instructional aid at Kermit R. Booker Elementary School in Clark County School District
  • Danielle Buckaloo, Instructional Aide at Humboldt County School District’s Albert M. Lowry High School

Click here to learn more about the Governor’s RISE Award nominees. The winner will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in Spring 2021.

Nevada History Teacher of the Year

  • Educator Kristen Tester, a teacher at Winnemucca Junior High School in Humboldt County, was recognized as Nevada State History Teacher of the Year by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History for her outstanding instruction and leadership in American History. 

COVID-19 Update

  • The Superintendent shared that many rural school districts have already completed vaccinations of educators and staff that wish to participate. As outlined in Nevada’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Playbook, Nevada State Immunization Program (NSIP) has solicited information and feedback from state agencies, including the SBOE. The SBOE has provided to the health district a list of staff members that would like to participate in the vaccination–staff members that work inside of a building are prioritized in the list.

Commission on School Funding Update

  • The Commission on School Funding, which oversees the development of Nevada’s new K-12 public school funding formula, is scheduled to reconvene on Feb 4th and 5th. The Superintendent shared that the Commission continues to have engaging and thoughtful conversations around optimal funding including the definition and steps to reach optimal funding for education in Nevada. At its next meeting, the Commission will also have its third conversation about revenue sources that may be able to support optimal funding. 

Legislative Update

  • The Nevada Legislative Session begins on Monday, February 1. The Legislative Counsel Bureau has shared that meetings will begin virtually with only lawmakers, staff, and a small number of media allowed in the building. Meetings will be streamed live via Zoom and the Legislature’s YouTube channel. The SBOE continues to have meetings with legislators as they look at bills that have been proposed, and is continuing to host meetings with parent organizations, PTAs, labor organizations, and other advocacy groups to gain an understanding of context across the state. 
  • The SBOE also continues to have conversations about bills filed by the Governor on behalf of the SBOE, including bills related to pandemic emergency plans, work-based learning and Perkins 5, open meeting laws requirements to increase collaboration between education providers, licensure, school disciple, and better streamlining of the work with commissions and task forces. 

The Nevada 2021 State Teach of the Year

  • Juliana Urtubey, a learning strategist at Booker Elementary School, was named Nevada’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. Urtubey is also 1 of 4 finalists that will represent Nevada in the National Teacher of the Year competition, the first time the state has had a national finalist since the 1960s. The Superintendent shared enthusiasm for Urtubey’s candidacy and representation of Nevada. 

Board Elected New President and Vice President

State statute NRS 385.030 stipulates that after electing new members to the board, the State Board of Education must also elect one of its members as President. The President and Vice President of the SBOE are voted to a two-year term and have the same responsibilities as all board members. The President’s additional responsibilities include attending external meetings, discussing and planning board meeting agendas, and delivering the President’s Report. The Vice President stands in for the President when they are not available.

The board elected Felicia Ortiz as President of the SBOE (5-2) and Mark Newburn as Vice President. (6-1).

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Highlights:

The Board unanimously approved the consent agenda as well as a request to remove Item 7a, Possible Approval of Instructional Materials, from the vote for further review.

Board Heard Update on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup of the Nevada State Board of Education (SBOE) was created to address equity issues across the state. The workgroup last met January 7th to close out their accomplishments with technology initiatives and to discuss next steps. The workgroup will be looking into how to increase access to STEM and college level courses in Nevada. Member Tim Hughes volunteered to join the workgroup. 

Board Heard Presentation on Federal Coronavirus Relief Funding 

Nevada is allocated funds under the following Cares Act funding sources:

  • $117,185,045 under Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) for instructional support & family wraparound services
  • $26,477,349 under Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) that allow flexible funds to provide emergency support 
  • $50,000,000 under Assembly Bill 3 (2020) to support deficits as a result of the loss of in-person intensive instruction 
  • $10,000,000 under Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for public health expenditures  

Nevada is allocated the following funds under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act:

  • $477,322,438 under ESSER II for instructional support & family wraparound services; allocation of ESSER funds is informed by Title 1A methodology and can be spent on all students, 10% of which can be used for statewide activities.
  • $31,385,542  under GEER II  that allow flexible funds to provide emergency support; GEER II includes a portion of funds reserved for emergency assistance to non-public schools (EANS) funds.

Click here to view the Federal Coronavirus Relief Funding presentation.

Board Discussed the Nevada Addendum to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Consolidated State Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year

In response to COVID-19 in March 2020, the Nevada Department of Education received approval from the U.S. Department of Education to waive the following Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Administering federally required assessments
  • Accountability and school identification
  • Report card reporting provision related to certain assessments and accountability

In October 2021, The U.S. Department of Education released a COVID-19 state plan addendum for state education agencies (SEAs) to amend specific aspects of their state ESEA Consolidated State Plan for the 2020-21 school year. Those changes give SEAs the ability to delay timelines aligned to student learning progress, equity, and accountability for schools in need of improvements. 

The NDE will propose to again roll over star ratings and accountability data for the 2018-2019 school year under the The Nevada State Performance Framework (NSPF). New star ratings, and associated accountability measures, were not assigned for the 2019-2020 school year. Schools will be provided with the total number of points they received towards the categories that make up their star rating. 

Addendum highlights:  

  • Addendum Part One:
    • Elementary, Middle, and High School Academic Achievement: Measurement of 2019-20 interim progress goals will be paused until 2021-2022.
    • Academic Growth Closing Opportunity Gaps: As each of these indicators requires two years of consecutive data, these metrics will not be calculated. 
    • Graduation Rate: Since Nevada was able to report on graduation rates last year, there’s no anticipated change in this measure.
    • English Language Learner (ELL) Proficiency: Since Nevada successfully completed its ELL reporting, there is no anticipated change in this measure.
    • School Quality and Student Success Indicators:
      • Chronic Absenteeism: NDE is proposing the chronic absenteeism rate not be calculated for 2020-21 and that no index points are assigned and no incentive points are applied. 
      • Academic Learning Plans and Grade Sufficiency: Data is available from the 2019-20 school year; no change in calculation. 
      • Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI): NDE is proposing that there be no new identifications for the 2020-21 school year. 
  • Addendum Part Two:
    • School Identification – CSI and ATSI: No identification of new schools for the 2020-21 school year.
    • School Identification – TSI: NDE is proposing to submit a waiver not to identify TSI.
    •  Exiting Schools from Identification: CSI, ATSI, & TSI – Submit addendum to delayed timeline one year.

Click here to view the presentation.

Board Heard Information on the Blue Ribbon Commission for a Globally Prepared Nevada

The purpose of the Commission is to make recommendations to adjust our current policy framework to meet today’s learning conditions.  The commission examines multiple state laws and recommendations with the goals of recommending revisions. Members of the commission include parents, students, district leaders, higher education, community, and Nevada legislators. 

Additionally, the board heard from Dr. Andrew Yoxsimer, principal at Incline High School in Washoe County, who has implemented competency based learning (CBL) for students. Grading in a CBL system is based on students demonstrating mastery of the content. The principal shared that the transition to CBL has allowed for a focus on learning, rather than grades, to better grasp what a student knows or has learned. Incine is in its second year of a 5-year transition plan to CBL. The school has experienced some challenges in the transition plan, including the impact of COVID-19 and distance learning on educator professional development and the development of proficiency scales and seat time.

Click here to view the presentation.

Board Heard Presentation on Addressing Youth Needs and Nevada School Wellbeing Surveys

The Nevada School Wellbeing Survey was offered as a free resource for local education agencies (LEAs) statewide to assist in gathering student, family, and staff voice regarding current challenges they may be facing, with the goal of helping LEAs plan for a successful second half of the school year. LEAs were most interested in receiving feedback on five key categories: mental health, basic needs, conditions for learning, engagement, and supports for social emotional learning (SEL). There were 8,890 total respondents, which included 3,002 students, 3,518 families/caregivers, and 2,370 staff. The presentation outlined key takeaways as well as next steps for the Nevada Department of Education, which include providing reports to LEAs and schools, assisting districts and school leaders with interpreting the results, and working with partners in schools to identify resources and supports for school communities. 

Click here to view the Nevada School Wellbeing Survey presentation.

The Address Youth Needs Survey was administered to identify youth educational and mental health needs across the state during the pandemic, share resources to address the needs, and inform current and post-pandemic educational delivery. There were a total of 1,306 respondents, including community members, district personnel, school administrators, teachers, and parents and families. The most important education issues shared by respondents include communication among school/teachers/students/parents, quality of distance education, safety of children at school, and socio-emotional health of students. 

Click here to view the Address Youth Needs Survey presentation.

Board Heard Overview of 2019-2020 Nevada Educator Performance Framework 

The annual performance of school administrators, teachers, teacher-librarians, and other licensed educator professions (OLEP), is measured by the Nevada Educator Performance Framework. Performance is measured against the three (3) categories listed below, varying by “weight,” or how much a category will impact the overall rating. Based on total scores, teachers, teacher librarians, school administrators and OLEP’s are ranked overall as:

  • Highly Effective
  • Effective
  • Developing
  • Ineffective

Additionally, the board approved a recommendation by the Teachers and Leaders Council, who is responsible for reviewing NEPF data, to utilize historical score ranges for teachers and building administrators to be used for all educator groups for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Click here to view the presentation. 

Board Approved Recommendations to Support Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, and Visually Impaired Children 

Senate Bill 203 was signed into law in 2019 following the 80th Legislative Session to improve services for the language development of children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. SB203 requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish within the NDE the Advisory Committee on Language Development for Children Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, or Visually Impaired who makes recommendations to the SBOE on criteria. Board members approved six recommendations developed and presented by the committee:

Click here to view the presentation.

Board Heard Presentation on Nevada Class Sizes & Educator Workforce

One year ago, the NDE began working with Data Insight Partners in order to understand the current state and impact of Nevada class sizes. Data Insight Partners presented findings that included data spanning 20 years from districts and agencies. The report focused on answering five questions:

  • What is the biggest threat to academic gains our students have made?
    • According to the report, teacher shortage is the biggest threat to academic gains. The recommended class size as established by the SBOE is 15 for grades 1-3 and 25 for grades 4-12. Last year, 374,424 students, which represents approximately 87% of all students in Nevada or every 9 in 10 students, were in a class larger than the recommended size.
  • How many teachers does Nevada need?
    • Nevada’s total teacher count is 19,527. A total of 2,133 additional teachers are needed in grades 1-5 and 930 in grades 6-12 to meet SBOE recommendations, conservatively. The national average of students to teachers is 14:9. To meet the national average, Nevada needs almost 10,000 more teachers.
  • Do students have equitable access to teachers?
    • Data Insights Partners defines an experienced teacher as a teacher with 3 or more years of experience. In Nevada’s grade 1-3 classes, white students have the most access to experienced teachers but larger class sizes; Hispanic and Black students have smaller class sizes but less access to experienced teachers. White students are 30% more likely to have an experienced teacher.
    • In grades 4-6, white students have more access to experienced teachers than black students.
    • In grades 6-12, Asian and White students have the most access to experienced teachers but larger class sizes.
    • In general, Black and Hispanic students have smaller class sizes but less experienced teachers.
  • Is access to experienced teachers associated with disparate student outcomes?
    • In the class size report, 5-star schools are shown to have larger class sizes but more access to experienced teachers while 1-star schools have smaller class sizes but less access to experienced teachers, indicating that access to experienced teachers is associated with disparate student outcomes.
  • What obstacles does Nevada face?
    • Nevada ranks second from the bottom in the national educator pipeline. The average state has three program completers, while Nevada is only putting out about 1.5 program completers for every 1,000 students. The national pipeline is shrinking and Nevada’s pipeline is not expanding at the rate to make up for the drop in the national pipeline. Due to the shrinking pipeline, Nevada is reliant on other states to prepare approximately 60% of its teachers.

Click here to view the presentation.

Future Agenda Items

  • Follow up presentation on student well-being
  • Results of data being collected from districts on the impact of distance learning

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Nevada Ed-Watch 1/22/21

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, January 22, 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: 

  • Support for Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy (PTAA) charter approval citing the importance of the impact of PTAA in the community.

SPCSA Executive Directors’ and SPCSA Staff Report:

Report highlights:

  • In-Person Learning Update
    • Director Feiden does not currently anticipate any changes to the in-person learning guidance. SPCSA staff is committed to bringing students back to school buildings safely and will continue to monitor transmission rates in the state, as well as any changes in the current Statewide Pause. Should the circumstances improve in the coming month, staff anticipate reviewing the current in-person learning guidance and bringing any recommended changes to the February 26 meeting of the SPCSA Board. Click here to read the full statement.
  • COVID -19 Vaccine Update
    • The Authority has worked with the Department of Health and Human Services to implement school testing sites. The Authority is working with multiple agencies to ensure educators know how to sign up for vaccines in each county. Vaccine distribution for educators is occurring in most Nevada counties, however, Clark County School District (CCSD) is experiencing challenges. Vaccine pre-registration for CCSD educators will begin on January 25th.  Click here to read the full statement.
  • Initiatives Related to Serving All Students Equitably
    • The SPCSA has made progress towards equity initiatives. The Authority has looked into school data on demographics of students served and will continue to monitor progress towards serving diverse communities. The Authority has surveyed schools on how they are providing diversity and inclusion training to their staff. Of those surveyed, 90% of respondents indicated an interest in diversity and inclusion professional development training for their staff and board leadership teams. The remaining 10% of respondents indicated that they were already receiving training. The Authority is looking into providing diversity and inclusion training in Spring or Summer 2021 and to utilize federal funding.
  • The Nevada Department of Education’s (NDE) Proposed COVID-19 State Plan Addendum to Nevada’s ESEA Consolidated State Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year
    • NDE proposes that the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) be “suspended” for the 2020-2021 school year, meaning they are requesting that no new star ratings be issued for the 2020-2021 school year. Instead, NDE proposes that star ratings continue to carry over from the 2018-2019 school year, the last school year that new star ratings were issued. The NDE is also proposing a pause on calculating chronic absenteeism. The Authority has developed a memo in response to the NDE’s proposal to the federal government. Board members requested clarification on the NDE’s decision to waive the chronic absenteeism count. Click here to see the NDE’s proposal. 
  • Explore Academy Facility Update
    • The Authority has approved the building site acquired by Explore Academy and will continue to work with Explore Academy to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Update on 2020-2021 Site Evaluations
    • The Authority has 23 more site evaluations scheduled through the end of this academic year. 

Board Approved SPCSA Financial Performance Framework Recommendations 

The Financial Performance Framework is used to determine if a school is financially viable and to inform high-stakes decisions. SPCSA staff presented information on the Financial Performance Framework indicators and how each indicator affects ratings. SPCSA staff also presented ratings for the 2019-20 school year and shared recommendations for actions to be taken, including recommendations to issue Notices of Concern to Discovery Charter School, Nevada Virtual Academy, and Quest Preparatory Academy. SPCSA staff recognized that the pandemic has created considerable challenges for schools and incorporated into their considerations for recommendations. SPCSA staff also acknowledged that these schools are working to make a stronger effort in financial performance and commended their efforts.

Some schools provided additional comments in regards to the recommendations. Highlights include: 

  • Discovery Charter School shared after receivership they inherited $367,000 in debt which was paid in full in June 2020. They also shared that their Current debt-to-asset ratio is progressing on target. 
  • Nevada Virtual Academy shared their commitment to work with the Authority to improve their debt-to-asset ratio and finances.
  • Quest Preparatory Academy shared their commitment to work with the Authority to improve their finances.
  • Honors Academy of Literature shared that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness has enabled them to improve on their status and will put them on track to address the Authority’s concerns.
  • Legacy Traditional Schools commented that bond assets should be taken into consideration when measuring the debt-to-asset ratio.
  • Signature Preparatory Academy commented on the status of their lease payment bond issue and shared that an increase in enrollment numbers will positively affect the trajectory of their financial standing. 

The board unanimously approved a motion to:

  • Adopt the Financial Framework results for SY2020-21 with exceptions to enrollment;
  • Place Discovery Charter School, Nevada Virtual Academy, and Quest Preparatory Academy on Notice of Concern under the Financial Framework results for SY20-21, and to create a financial improvement plan for these schools. 
  • Create targeted remediation plans for SY21-22 for  Doral Academy of Northern Nevada, Honors Academy of Literature, Legacy Traditional Schools, and Signature Preparatory Academy.

Click here to see the full recommendation memo. 

Board Approved Charter School Contract Amendments

SPCSA staff presented recommendations related to charter school contract amendment applications on the following schools:

  • Sports Leadership and Management Academy (SLAM) – The board approved SLAM Academy’s proposal to expand the school to include K-5 grade levels. The Authority found that the SLAM proposal qualifies with the Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment and recommended to the Board to conditionally approve the proposal subject to improvement on items of concern in pre-opening requirements. Click here to see the full memo.
  • Las Vegas Collegiate – The board approved a request by Las Vegas Collegiate Charter School to cap enrollment to 162 students, and to grant the school a Good Cause Exemption to request a temporary facility within 1.5 miles of the 89106 zip code for the 2021-2022 school year only. Click here to see the full memo. 

Board Approved Staff Recommendations for Resubmitted New Charter School Applications

  • Pioneer Technology & Art Academy (PTAA) Nevada – Denied (5-3)
    •  SPCSA staff gave an overview of PTAA’s initial application which did not meet the standard in five out of five categories according to the Authority’s application evaluation rubric. PTAA’s resubmitted application met the standard in two out of the five categories. SPCSA staff made the recommendation to deny the resubmission based on their finding that the application does not meet the requirements contained in NRS 388A.249(3). Click here to see the full recommendation. SPCSA staff shared concerns regarding the Academic Model of the high school. Board members discussed the need to ensure that school plans are articulated in their application and whether this application could be reconsidered after additional progress has been made to adjust PTAA to serve students K-8. Some board members were concerned about the precedent this would set around following the SPCSA application policy. Click here to see the resubmitted application.
  • Eagle Charter Schools of Nevada – Approved
    •  SPCSA Staff provided an overview of the initial application which did not meet the standard according to the Authorities Rubric in four out of five categories. Eagle Charter Schools of Nevada resubmission met the standard in four out of five categories. Staff made the recommendation to approve the resubmission with conditions, based on their finding that the applicant now meets the requirements contained in NRS 388A.249(3). Click here to see the full recommendation. Board members discussed the need to ensure that Eagle Charter Schools of Nevada has the ability to meet the conditions set forth. Staff from Eagle Charter Schools of Nevada shared they are aligned with conditions set forth and are prepared to apply for a deferral to the 2022 school year if the conditions are not met. Click here to see the resubmitted application.

Board Heard Annual Review of SPCSA-Sponsored Schools

Director Feiden shared the State of the SPCSA, which is used as a starting point for communication with the public. Highlights include:

  • The SPCSA sponsors  67 schools located across five counties, representing the third-largest student population in the state.
  • Throughought the pandemic, the SPCSA has supported sponsored schools to ensure every student had access to a device and internet in order to engage in distance learning.
  • SPCSA supported reported approximately 98% daily attendance and increases in graduation rates, even during the pandemic. SPCSA has adopted an academic performance framework that takes into consideration school star ratings, performance ratings, and enrollment diversity comparison to local school districts and nearby schools. 
  • SPCSA Title I schools are more likely to be 4- or 5-star schools than State average. Staff noted that the implementation of the Needs Assessment, alongside adjustments to the new school application process, has provided additional focus on serving more diverse student populations.

Click here to view the presentation.

Board Approved 2021 Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment

The Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment is updated annually by staff. Due to the academic reporting requirements impacted by the pandemic, only 11th grade ACT academic data was updated. However, enrollment data and demographic data was updated. Additional updates include a summary of the implementation of the needs assessment and district summaries.

Click here to view the report.

Board Heard School Pre-Opening Process

SPCSA staff shared the Pre-Opening Readiness Process and Checklist which includes the process and resources for SPCSA sponsored schools to open. The purpose of this document is to provide transparency to schools, manage school expectations, and outline what schools are responsible for in order to open properly and on time.

Click here to view the Pre-Opening Readiness Process and Checklist.

Board Approved the Annual Report to Nevada’s Department of Education

Director Feiden shared the expectations for the report include a list of schools, SPCSA strategic vision, and an outline of federal grant dollars passed through to SPCSA sponsored schools.

Click here to view the report.

Board Heard 2021 Legislative Session Updates

SPCSA staff shared an overview of education-related bills and bill drafts for the upcoming legislative session.  Additionally, Director Feiden shared the proposal outlined by the Governor to implement the new Pupil Centered Funding Formula in two phases. The authority will continue to work in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education as the funding formula continues to be developed and implemented. 

Click here to view the bill/bill draft request overview.

Long-Range Calendar
Director Feiden presented additions to the long-range calendar including legislative session dates, TEACH’s application resubmission in February, and the next round of application submissions in April/May.

Click here to see the long-range calendar.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 1/14/21

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.


Monday, January 14, 2021

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 items.

Trustees Approve Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

Trustees Approve Resolution in Support of iNVest Priorities 

iNVest was created in 2003 by the Nevada Association of School Superintendents to align Nevada school districts’ priorities for Nevada Legislative Sessions.  The group worked in collaboration to develop the following priorities for 2021 Nevada Legislative Session: Funding, Connecting, and Streamlining. Trustees discussed the need to ensure that CCSD’s legislative priorities are aligned to the InVest Priorities. 

Click here to view the resolution.
Click here to view the overview.

Trustees Hear Nevada Educator Performance Framework Results 

The annual performance of teachers and school administrators is measured by the Nevada Educator Performance Framework. Performance is measured against the three (3) categories listed below, varying by “weight,” or how much a category will impact the overall rating. 

  • Instructional Practice Standards and Indicators weight: 65%
  • Professional Responsibilities Standards and Indicators weight: 20%
  • Student Performance weight: 15%

Based on total scores in the above categories, teachers and school administrators are ranked overall as:

  • Highly Effective
  • Effective
  • Developing
  • Ineffective

Teachers and school administrators that have already received a rating of Highly Effective for the two previous consecutive years are exempt from evaluation (in accordance with NRS 391.690).

Teacher 2019-2020 NEPF Results 

  • Exempt: 2% (338)
  • Highly Effective: 14%  (2,000)
  • Effective: 83% (11,574)
  • Developing: <1% (47)
  • Ineffective: <1% (11)

School Administrator 2019-2020 NEPF Results 

  • Exempt: 3% (14)
  • Highly Effective: 28% (157)
  • Effective: 69% (387)
  • Developing: <1% (2)
  • Ineffective: 0% (0)

Click here to see the presentation.

Trustees Approve Memorandum of Agreement with CCEA (4-2-1)

The Memorandum of Agreement outlines the agreement with the Clark County Educators Association regarding the transition to full-time in-person learning for grades K-3. At this time, there is no timeline for returning to school buildings for in-person learning. 

Upon the return of licensed teachers to school buildings for in-person learning, teachers will be required to follow specific health and safety guidelines.  Highlights of the agreement include mandatory random symptom testing in addition to daily symptom monitoring, and participation in contract tracing if tested positive for COVID-19. The district agrees to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for all teachers. 

Trustees discussed the need to ensure that all educator voices are represented when agreements are made with collective bargaining units. Two trustees voted nay, with one trustee abstaining from the vote due to a conflict of interest. 

Click here to view the agreement. 

Trustees Approve Voluntary Reopening of School Buildings  

Trustees unanimously approved a voluntary reopening proposal that provides all school building principals with the autonomy to decide whether to open their school buildings to students. Schools that open will still engage in the current distance learning model. Principals can decide the configuration of their return, however, their plan must be approved by their region superintendent. Principals will work with their school community to prioritize students with high needs based on student achievement data, social-emotional factors, access to reliable technology, and attendance. Staff and students will return on a voluntary basis aligned to the approved plan, though transportation will not be available for students.

Trustees discussed the need to ensure staff and student health is prioritized. Additionally, trustees expressed concerns that students may not be equitably served with this model. Trustees were also provided with an overview of the shift in academics and grading, improvements to distance learning, and social-emotional supports. Presentation highlights: 

  • 90.4% of comprehensive schools assigned more F grades than last year. 
  • 11.2% of students who received an F earned only A’s and B’s in Fall 2019. 
  • Within the Lifeline social-emotional support pilot program, staff conducted 4,359 virtual wellness checks, 1,403 in-person wellness checks, and 30 suicide protocols. 
  • Improvements to distance learning included professional development courses for all educators, live support hours, and content area distance education leader sessions.

Click here to view the presentation. 

Click here to read about this in The Nevada Independent.
Click here to read about this in The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 1/4/21

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.


Monday, January 4, 2021

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.

New Trustees Took Oath of Office

Three newly-elected and one re-elected Clark County School Board Trustees were sworn into office to serve a four-year term. The newly-elected Trustees included Lisa Guzmán in District A, Katie Williams in District B, and Evelyn Garcia Morales in District C. President Lola Brooks returned to her position as Trustee for District E. The Trustees were sworn in by Judge Nancy Allf and Judge-Elect Nadia Krall of the Eighth Judicial District Court. 

To celebrate the induction of the Trustees, the meeting featured videos of student performances from Greenspun Middle School, Sunrise Mountain High School, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, and Johnson Junior High School. 

The newly-elected and re-elected Trustees expressed their excitement for the future of their role. Sitting Trustees offered their congratulations, welcome, and words of advice.

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