Parent Leadership Team Spotlight: Gratitude

This being the season of gratitude, we wanted to take some time to give thanks to the amazing Parent Leadership Team of Nevada. The group is made up of incredibly passionate parents advocating every day for a better education for our community’s kids. This year they have seen tremendous growth and incredible accomplishments from fighting for internet access for our students to hosting an important conversation about student mental health specifically for the local Spanish-speaking community. Opportunity 180 continues to be grateful for the PLTs passion and commitment.

To shine a light on the group we asked some of its members to fill us in on what they are grateful for this year. Here is what they had to say.

Selene Lozada + Family

Name: Selene Lozada

I am married to a wonderful man and I have three children; Bryan who currently works at a car company, Jordan who is studying at college, and Joshua who is a senior at NSHS.  

I am very grateful to God for allowing me to work at Opportunity 180, an organization that has provided me with all the resources to work with the families of my community. I also feel privileged to lead such a committed and disciplined group as the PLT.  I am proud to be part of a group that is making a change in the school district.  I consider myself to be a very fortunate and blessed woman. 

Nombre: Selene Lozada. 

Estoy casada con un hombre maravilloso y tengo tres hijos; Bryan cual trabaja con una compañía de carros, Jordan quien estudia en la universidad y Joshua quien esta en su ultimo año en NSHS.

Estoy agradecida a dios por dejarme trabajar en “Opportunity 180”, una organización que me me ha proporcionado con recursos para trabajar con familias de la comunidad, También me siento privilegiado de liderar un grupo tan comprometido y disciplinado como los es el PLT. Estoy orgulloso de ser parte de un grupo que esta haciendo un cambio en el distrito escolar. Yo me considero una mujer muy afortunada y bendecida.

Nayeli Mendoza + Family

Name: Nayeli Mendoza

I am the mother of a daughter who is in the 3rd grade.

My husband and I are enormously grateful to the PLT for all the information and support we have received, which helped us feel a part of the community.

Today I am thankful for all of the blessings my family and everyone around me have received, as well as for my health, love, family, and friends.

Nombre: Nayeli Mendoza

Soy mamá de una niña del 3er grado.

Mi esposo y yo estamos enormemente agradecidos con el PLT por toda la información que hemos recibido, así como por el apoyo, cual nos ha ayudado sentirnos una parte de la comunidad.

Y este día estoy agradecida por todas las bendiciones recibidas por mi familia y todos los que me rodean, así como por la salud, el amor, la familia y los amigos

Margarita Guerrero and Luz Y. Mendoza

Name: Margarita Guerrero and Luz Y. Mendoza 

I have 2 children; Emilio who is 20 years old, and Liz who is 16. She is currently in her eleventh year at Ecta school. 

Thank you to the members of the PLT for allowing me to be a part of this amazing group.  I have learned so much and continue to value each achievement that we have accomplished for our community.

Nombre: Margarita Guerrero and Luz Y. Mendoza 

Yo tengo dos hijos , Emilio de 20 años de edad y Liz de 16 años. Ella Corrientemente atiende el 11vo grado en La escuela ECTA.

Gracias a los miembros de PLT por darnos la oportunidad de ser parte de este grupo increíble. Yo he aprendido mucho y continuo valorar cada hazaña que hemos cumplido para nuestra comunidad..

Laura Campos + Family

Name: Laura Campos

I am a full-time mom.  I have 4 children, the youngest is 1-year-old, a 7-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy. They are all in elementary school, and my oldest son is in his last year of High School.

I thank God for the blessings that he gives me every day; my health, well-being, my family and friends

I am thankful for this great group, the PLT, who are parent volunteers and strive for a better education for their children and all the students of our city.

Nombre: Laura Campos

Soy una madre de tiempo completo. Tengo 4 hijos, el mas joven de 1 año de edad, una niña de 7 años de edad y un niño de 9 años. Todos atienden la escuela primaria. Mi hijo mayor esta en su último año de la escuela secundaria.

Le doy gracias a dios por todas las bendiciones que él nos da cada día; Mi salud, mi bien estar, mi familia y amigos.

Estoy agradecida por este gran grupo, El PLT, quienes son parientes voluntaries cuales luchan por una mejor educación para sus hijos y todos lose estudiantes de nuestra ciudad.

Mayela Camarena + Family

Name: Mayela Camarena

Mother of 4 children. 

Happy, honored, and very grateful to God for allowing me to be a mother, wife, and entrepreneur in my own home. It allows me to be consistently present in the lives of those I love the most.  

Grateful to the PLT for giving me the opportunity to work for those in need while learning at the same time.

Nombre: Mayela Camarena

Madre de cuatro niños.

Contenta, honrada y muy agradecida a dios por dejarme ser una madre, esposa y empresaria en mi propio hogar. Me deja estar consistentemente presente en la vida de los cuales amo más.

Estoy agradecida al PLT por darme la oportunidad de trabajar por los necesitados mientras a la ves yo aprendo.  

Ana González + Family

Name: Ana González

I have eight children, four of whom are students of the school district.  

I am grateful to the PLT because a lot of very important information gets to the community through our work.  My wish is that more parents will join the PLT and together we can change our school district.  I believe that the information we provide has been very valuable and will help many parents work with their children. 

On a personal note, I am very proud of each of my children and their desire for a better education. I am very happy about all the opportunities that God gave me during this year. 

Nombre: Ana González

Tengo ocho ninos, cuatro estan en el distrito.

Estoy agradecida al PLT porque mucha información llegue así a la comunidad a través de nuestro trabajo. Mi deseo es que mas parientes se unan al PLT y juntos podemos hacer cambios en nuestro distrito escolar. Yo creo que la información que proveemos ha sido de mucho valor y va ayudar muchos parientes trabajar con sus hijos. A un nivel personal, estoy muy orgulloso de cada uno de mis hijos y sus deseos de obtener una mejor educación. Estoy muy orgullosa de todas las oportunidades que dios me ha dado este año.

Yesenia Gonzales + Family

Name: Yesenia Gonzales

I am the very proud mother of 3 sons who are my reason for advocating as hard as I do.  David who is a junior will be 17 years old on Thanksgiving Day and loves to help his peers in school and started his own support group in his high school and plans to work in Forensics or be a Firefighter. Benjamin, who is in 7th grade, is 13 years old and loves Tanks and military vehicles, his dream is to one day join the Army and be a Tank engineer. My youngest, Matthew who’s in 6th grade and just turned 12 years old and is my special needs son with Autism, loves the solar system and anatomy and would love to be a Meteorologist or an Astronomer when he grows up.

I joined the PLT a little over a year ago after I saw that there was a need to help families in our community and advocate for them. First and foremost, I am grateful to God for helping me beat cancer and never giving up.  As a cancer survivor, this has given me these days which I cherish to be here for my children, they have also given me the strength to fight as hard as I do, not just for them, but also for others.  I firmly believe that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and I can attest to that.  I am also grateful for my PLT team and new friends, that although we may be small, we are mighty and have accomplished monumental things to help families in our community.

Nombre: Yesenia Gonzales


Soy la madre muy orgullosa de 3 hijos que son mi razón para luchar con fuerza como lo hago. 
David, que es un estudiante de tercer año, cumplirá 17 años el Día de Acción de Gracias y le encanta ayudar a sus compañeros en la escuela y comenzó su propio grupo de apoyo en su escuela secundaria y planea trabajar en medicina forense o ser bombero.  Benjamín, que está en séptimo grado, tiene 13 años y ama los tanques y los vehículos militares, su sueño es un día unirse al ejército y ser ingeniero de tanques.  Mi hijo menor, Matthew, que está en sexto grado y acaba de cumplir 12 años y es mi hijo con necesidades especiales con autismo, ama el sistema solar y la anatomía y le encantaría ser meteorólogo o astrónomo cuando crezca. 


Me uní al PLT hace poco más de un año después de ver que era necesario ayudar a las familias de nuestra comunidad y defenderlas. En primer lugar, estoy agradecido con Dios por ayudarme a vencer el cáncer y nunca rendirme.  Como sobreviviente de cáncer, esto me ha dado estos días que amo estar aquí para mis hijos, también me han dado la fuerza para luchar tan duro como lo hago, no solo por ellos, sino también por los demás.  Creo firmemente que “lo que no te mata te hace más fuerte” y puedo dar fe de ello. También estoy agradecido por mi equipo de PLT y nuevos amigos, que aunque seamos pequeños, somos poderosos y hemos logrado cosas monumentales.  para ayudar a las familias de nuestra comunidad.

If you are interested in joining the PLT or want to learn more, be sure to join their group on Facebook.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 11/18/2021

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 both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121).

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. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

Click here to view the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public provided comments on non-agenda items regarding: 

  • Requests for Spanish interpreters at the trustee meetings.
  • Lack of consistency and clarity amongst CCSD staff, students, and families of students related to CCSD’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
  • The need for more transparency around COVID-19 cases reported on campus.
  • The importance of culturally responsive teaching and cultural competence.
  • Whether the District is adhering to regulations regarding student privacy and due process.
  • Concerns that the District is not meeting its goals of supporting and retaining educators, ensuring safe learning environments, and providing competitive pay.
  • Teachers not being paid in a timely manner.
  • The impact of limitations such as the lack of Spanish-language resources and interpreters in schools on students and families and the ability of Spanish-speaking families to be involved in their children’s education.
  • Support for AB-195.
  • Concerns about the school to prison pipeline for Black and brown students and how keeping police in schools reinforces the pipeline.
  • Requests by students to trustees to support the anti-racism policy, replace police officers on campus with counselors, listen to students, not rehire Dr. Jara, and wear masks-especially during work hours.
  • The arguing and bickering between trustees during board meetings.
  • Inconsistencies in the grading policy that allow students to pass while failing multiple tests during the second quarter and the final exam.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on non-agenda action items.  

Trustees Approved Consent Agenda

Trustees approved the consent agenda noting that item 3.30 has been deleted and item 3.28 pulled for a separate discussion.

Consent agenda highlights:

  • Approval to implement the U.S. DOE, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Fund to continue to contract with emocha Mobile Health, Inc., to provide COVID-19 employee symptom monitoring, testing, and mitigation measures.
  • Authorization to implement the U.S. DOE, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Fund to provide equity-inclusive professional learning for CCSD women administrators to engage in a policy leadership network aligned to the District’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, Focus: 2024, facilitated by Voice4Equity LLC.
  • Authorization to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education on behalf of the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to provide health services to the students, siblings, and families of CCSD, at no cost to the students or CCSD.
  • Approval of the Memorandum of Understanding between the CCSD and the Anti-Defamation League of Nevada to design, offer, and manage a comprehensive anti-bias professional learning for students and educators.
  • Authorization to implement the School-Based Mental Health Professionals Project grant to provide increased access to social and mental health services for students through the federally-awarded Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) Fund and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II Fund), in an amount of $4,123,770.80.
  • Approval of the amendment of CCSD Policy 5137, Safe and Respectful Learning Environment Bullying and Cyberbullying.
  • Approval of the adoption of CCSD Policy 5139, Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda item regarding:

  • Concerns about the cost of emocha and suggestions on an in-district alternative that can also be more effective.
  • Lack of clarity around the purpose of emocha and concerns for the requirements put on educators.
  • Concerns about the anti-bias policy.
  • Concerns about negative posts shared by teachers on Twitter and what that may say about how teachers speak around students at schools.
  • Requests from students for access to social workers, counselors, and mental health services, especially in consideration of students with limited or no insurance.
  • Concerns from students about CCSD’s 2,000 to 1 ratio of students to counselors compared to the national and state recommendation of 500 to 1.
  • The need for language in Policy 5139 that ensures students and families are not discriminated against based on language and immigration status so that students can feel safe, protected, and able to learn in school.
  • A push for resources to be available in Spanish in accordance with AB-195. 
  • Support of the anti-bias policy (5139) and how it could positively impact all kids.
  • Request for educators to be trained in restorative practices.
  • Support of the crisis prevention MOA.
  • Support for the MOA with UNLV.
  • Concerns about the amount of ESSER funds going toward supplies/software instead of salaries.
  • Wonderings about how the District plans to effectively handle reports of racism and suggestions to provide training to prepare educators on how to handle incidents related to racism.

Trustees approved an amendment to Policy 5137, Section 2.A to add the terms “language” and “legal status” to the list of distinguishing characteristics. 

Trustees Approved the Notice of Intent to Adopt, Repeal, or Amend CCSD Policy 6120, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (7-0)

Trustees approved the proposed Policy 6120. The policy was developed by the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) District Leadership Team. The team held feedback sessions with district personnel and community organizations for suggestions on enhancing the policy before presenting this agenda item. The purpose of the MTSS is to improve outcomes for all students in CCSD through an inclusive approach to support instruction that is applied to academics, social-emotional learning, and behavioral development. MTSS uses a collaborative, data-informed approach to ensure continuous school improvement. 

Click here to view the notice of intent.

Trustees Approved the Recommendations Made from the Sex Education Advisory Committee — Recommending Committee to Appoint Members to the Sex Education Advisory Committee (7-0)

Trustees approved committee appointments by the Sex Education Advisory Committee Recommending Committee for the Sex Education Advisory Committee. NRS 389.036 mandates that a Sex Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to the School Board of Trustees for all school districts be established. The Sex Education Advisory Committee provides a forum for input on sex education instructional materials and the exchange of ideas between community stakeholders and the school district.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda item regarding:

  • Support for sex education for students.
  • Concerns that the Advisory Committee does not have a representative from CCSD District C.
  • Disapproval of the sex education program for students.
  • Concerns that the sex education program impedes the rights of parents to choose the sex education they give to their students.
  • A proposal for workshops on sex education for parents so that they can learn how to educate their students at home.

Click here to view the recommendation.

Click here and here to view written public comments submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved Adoption of the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 School Calendars for Staff and Students (7-0)

There are two significant changes in the calendars from prior school years:

  • Spring break typically ends with the Good Friday of Easter. The calendar proposes that spring break be a consistent time period in March. This is because Easter changes year to year and it can be disruptive to the annual testing window. The change would move spring break into March and it will consistently fall in the same period.
  • Juneteenth has been added as a holiday.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda item regarding:

  • A request for unassigned days on the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week since attendance and student engagement are lower during those days.
  • Concerns about financial stress on support staff due to two unassigned days within two consecutive paydays in March 2024 and April 2024.
  • Support for the observance of Juneteenth.
  • A request for the observance of Latino culture on either September 16 for Mexican Independence Day or May 5 for Cinco de Mayo.

Trustees and presenters discussed the decision to observe Juneteenth as it is a federal holiday and that while Mexican Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo are not federal holidays, there may be a possibility to observe these days in future calendars with consideration needed for how to ensure meeting the minimum legally required school days. Other considerations discussed included how additional unassigned days would impact the pay of support staff, students who rely on school meals, and the shortening of the first semester.

Trustees approved the calendars as written with an amendment to adjust the 2023-2024 calendars to ensure that there aren’t two unassigned days for support staff within one pay period in March 2024 and April 2024.

View drafts of the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 staff calendars.

View drafts of the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 student calendars.

Click here to view written public comment submitting online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved Amendment of the 2021-2022 School Calendar for Staff to Include the Juneteenth Holiday (7-0)

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda regarding:

  • Support of the amendment to include Juneteenth in the 2021-2022 school calendar for staff.
  • The importance of honoring Juneteenth.

Click here to view the revised 2021-2022 staff calendar.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved the Review of American Indian/Alaska Native Policies and Procedures for Federal Impact Aid Section 7003 (6-0)

The Federal Impact Aid Section 7003 requires districts to perform an annual review of their Indian Policies and Procedures (IPPs). The IPPs ensure that Native American/Alaska Native students participate in the district’s general education program on an equal basis with other students and that their parents and tribe have input. The IPPs were reviewed and approved in September 2021 by the trustees. CCSD made adjustments to the IPPs after speaking with the tribes about how they wanted to be communicated with. CCSD consulted with local tribal officials, parents, guardians, and students to develop, update, and promote the IPPs that further the planning and development and education activities for the Indian Education Opportunities Program. IPPs are developed to provide input on academic and cultural programming and impact all areas of academic achievement of Native American students attending CCSD.

Trustees moved to approve the IPPs (6-0) with one trustee absent from the vote.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda item regarding concerns about whether CCSD is providing adequate support to the American Indian/Alaska Native families.

Click here to view the public hearing notice.

Trustees Approved the 2021-2023 Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) (6-0-1)

The agreement is a two-year extension of the 2019-2021 agreement that extends most previous contract terms and modifies a number of terms including terms related to call-back pay, bereavement, sick leave reimbursement, and health insurance for a total cost of $1,106,191,000 over the next two years.

Trustees moved to approve this item (6-0) with one abstention.

Members of the public provided comments in support of the adoption of the agreement.

Click here to view the executive summary.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association (ESEA) Regarding the Provision of Improved Services (6-0-1)

The new MOA between CCSD and the ESEA addresses the Provision of Improved Services for support staff and modifies a number of terms including terms related to position reclassification, training and pay, professional pathways, and hiring and retention policies for a total cost of $7,568,000 over the next two years.

Trustees moved to approve this item (6-0) with one abstention.

Members of the public provided comments on this agenda in support of the MOA.

Click here to view the executive summary.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved the Selection of an Outside Expert to Conduct an Investigation into Allegations of a Hostile Work Environment (4-3)

Trustees discussed the possibility of hiring a third party to review the work environment at the Trustee and Administrative levels. Trustees discussed the intended scope of the investigation. 

The motion was made to authorize the Chief Financial Officer of CCSD to establish a process to identify an external contractor to conduct the review and to allocate $100,000 from the general fund; the CFO was directed to work with a small group of Trustees before the selected partner will be brought back to the full Board for approval. 

Trustees moved to approve this item (4-3).

Members of the public provided comments both in support and opposition to the item, including raising questions related to the scope of the investigation. 

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approve Reconsideration of Agenda Item 3.01 of the October 28, 2021, Meeting of the Board of Trustees (4-3)

Trustees deliberated the reconsideration of agenda item 3.01 of the October 28, 2021, Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees (see the agenda item here and read the Nevada EdWatch from that meeting here).

Trustees moved to approve this item (4-3).

Members of the public provided comments both in support and opposition to the item. 

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved a Motion to Not-Terminate for Convenience of the Employment Agreement with The Superintendent of Schools (4-3) 

Following an introduction of the rationale for reconsideration, Trustees discussed reinstating the contract of Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara.  Trustees who sought to bring the item forward shared concerns over alleged communications that could have constituted an Open Meeting Law.  Trustees also heard about an Open Meeting Law complaint that had been filed with the Attorney General’s Office following the May 13, 2021, Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees where Superintendent Jara’s contract was discussed. 

Superintendent Jara was not present for the meeting. 

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Approved Tabling Discussion on Interim Superintendent Selection (5-2)

Trustees discussed the possibility of putting forward a process to identify an interim Superintendent. The Trustees voted on a motion to table this item pending final determination of Superintendent Jara’s future employment with the District. The motion included an amendment to select an interim Superintendent based on the recommendations provided by Superintendent Jara. 

Trustees first approved a motion to call for the question. This motion passed 6-1. 

Trustees voted 5-2 to approve this item.

Click here to view written public comment submitted online on this agenda item.

Trustees Requested Future Agenda Items:

  • Trustees requested an item to consider hosting Consent Agenda Items in public

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items (#2)

Members of the public provided comments on non-agenda items regarding:

  • Instability in the District leadership at the Board level.
  • Lack of constitutional authority of the Board to engage in rulemaking.
  • The future of Superintendent Jara’s employment.
  • Thank you to Trustee Williams for her support with Health Insurance.
  • Against banning books.
  • How substitute funds are used in the event that a substitute is not available.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 11/4/2021

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 both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121).

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. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Special Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda
Click here to see the meeting addendum

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

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

  • Urging the Trustees to create an environment where children can succeed and educators thrive. 
  • Dissaisfaction with the current mask policy. 
  • Concern over ther termination of the Superinendent’s contact. 
  • Calls for the Board of Trustees to work respectfully with each other. 
  • The need for more resouces for parents in Spanish. 

Click here to view written public comments on non-agenda items.

Trustees Approved Redistricting Map (6-1) 

Trustees heard an overview of five possible redistricting maps, with the fourth and fifth maps added after feedback from the community, and from Trustees at the October 14th board meeting. Trustees followed the lead of community members after hearing public comment with broad support for the two new maps, which varied slightly. The fifth map was almost directly aligned to elementary school feeder boundaries. 

After some discussion on the merits of the new maps, the board ultimately approved map five. One trustee voted against the motion, but clarified that this was due to the preference shared by her constituents during public comment, however, did indeed support map five. The new boundary lines will go into effect on January 5, 2022. 

Click here to see the full packet of maps and associated census and school population data. 

Members of the public provided comment regarding: 

  • Requests to include Las Vegas Academy and the Las Vegas Southern Pauite Tribe land in Distict C. 
  • Support for scenario four and five . 
  • Thanks to CCSD staff for incorporating community feedback into the creation of the new maps. 
  • Concerns that none of the presented maps equitably represent the AAPI commumity, but that options four and five provide the most equitable representativion realtive to the first three produced. 
  • Calls for CCSD redistciting maps to more closely align with Clark Couny Commission Districts, and that more collaboration between the distict and county is needed in the redisticting process. 

Click here & here to see public comments submitted online. 

Trustees Discussed Process to Select Interim Superintendent of Schools for CCSD 

With guidance from board counsel, Trustees discuss potential pathways for selecting an Interim Superintendent, following the termination of Dr. Jesus Jara’s Contract at the October 28th board meeting, for convenience. 

Trustees discussed the relevance of current Board Policy SE-07, which indicates that “the Superintendent has identified to the Board at least two other executives familiar with Board and Superintendent policies, processes and issues, who could step into the role of Interim Superintendent in an emergency.”  Dr. Brenda Larsen-Mitchell, Deputy Superintendent, and Jason Goudie, Chief Financial Officer are the designees.

Trustees discussed the merits of considering the superintendent vacancy as an emergency, but do not have a board policy that officially defines the terms of an emergency.

Trustees discussed potentially posting a deadline for interested parties to submit a letter and resume to be considered as interim superintendent. They came to a consensus on the necessity for the interim to not be considered in the next full superintendent search. 

Trustees did not approve a motion to collect letters of interest and resumes (3-3-1). One trustee abstained from the vote. After a motion and second were made to proceed with the interim process outlined in current board policy, the Board President motioned to adjourn the meeting. Due to public meeting rules, the vote for the motion to end the meeting took precedent over the motion on Board Policy SE-07. Trustees approved the motion to adjourn 6-1 with no decision on the process to select an interim superintendent for the district.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 11/4/2021

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 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. 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, November 4, 2021

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Members of the public provided comment on agenda items regarding:

  • Concerns that school districts are not able to meet the needs of students, including shortages of bus drivers, substitutes, and staff.
  • Factors pushing teachers out of teaching not being addressed.
  • The aggregated nature of NEPF score reports and the need for more individualized assessment.
  • Whether the NEPF is an effective assessment tool and effectively helps to support teachers in ensuring student academic success.
  • Appreciation for the joint SBOE and CCSD meeting held on 9-30-2021.
  • Concerns about low proficiency scores amongst high school students yet high graduation rates and whether students are effectively being prepared for college and career.
  • Recognition of the leadership and service of Nevada’s 2021 and 2022 Teachers of the Year, Juliana Urtubey and Deanne Hicks, respectively.

President’s Report

  • Assembly Bill 469 Update
    • On September 30, 2021, the SBOE held a joint meeting with the CCSD Board of Trustees with the goal of ensuring that trustees understood AB 469 and what the law entails.
    • The next meeting of the AB 469 Subcommittee of the Board is scheduled for December 14, 2021, at 3:00 pm.
  • State ARP ESSER Plan
    • In September, Superintendent Ebert announced that the Department of Ed has approved the Nevada state plan for us of the ESSER relief funds. The plan was informed by an extensive stakeholder engagement process, including listening sessions and a 30-day comment period, with the goal of increasing transparency and community engagement.
    • Nevada received total relief funding of over 1 billion dollars. As funds are implemented, materials will be developed for the public highlighting how the Nevada Department of Education (NV DOE) is spending its 10% allocation of those funds.
    • The state will be translating more of its materials and documentation so that it is consumable for families. Moving forward, more materials will be available in three languages: English, Spanish, and Tagalog.
    • Money will be invested in systems to help SBOE with better reporting and analysis of data to deliver actionable data to school districts, schools, and community stakeholders.

Superintendent’s Report

  • ARP ESSER Funding
    • 10% of ARP ESSER funding is allocated at the state level and 90% at the local level. Part of that 10% is allocated to the DonorsChoose program through which almost 8,000 projects have been submitted by educators. The program allows educators closest to the work to make the determination on how to spend those funds. Educators from 650 schools have participated.
    • $20 million is set aside to assist future educators through the educator pipeline. Over 700 future educators are taking advantage of the opportunity. The dollars will also be allocated toward building a dashboard to show where the dollars are being spent.
    • The remaining funds will be allocated to four buckers of work programs which include Teaching Recruitment & Retention, Advancing Equity, Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health, and Efficiencies for Long-Term Success.

Board Heard Information and Discussion Regarding Statewide School Climate Results

NRS 385A.650 requires school principals to submit a plan to improve the achievement of pupils, including “methods for evaluating and improving the school climate”. The Nevada School Climate/Social Emotional Learning Survey (NV-SCSEL) helps to identify the needs of schools along the school climate in order to place social workers and funds in schools with the highest needs.

The NV-SCSEL Student Survey is offered in English and Spanish and includes 49 questions and a handful of demographic questions, all optional, geared toward students in grades 5–12. The Student Survey measures students’ perceptions of their school across four school climate constructs:

  • Engagement
    • Cultural and Linguistic Competence of instructional materials and educational personnel
    • Relationships between pupils and the parents or legal guardians of pupils and educational personnel
  • Safety  of pupils and educational personnel
    • Emotional Safety
    • Physical Safety

The Student Survey also measures students’ perceptions of themselves on a Social-Emotional Competency construct:

  • Social, Emotional, and Academic development of pupils and educational personnel

Due to COVID-19 impacts, participation rates dropped significantly, raising the potential impact of selection bias on survey results. The results of school climate surveys are expected to return to results more in line with previous school years for the 2021-22 school year.

Members of the board shared questions regarding whether the large increase in physical safety results is due to more students staying at home during distance learning, how to help students with emotional safety and encourage the use of related available resources for schools, how the data is used for continual improvement, and the potential to better disaggregate student race and ethnicity in survey results related to root cause data.

Click here to view the presentation including statewide results for all constructs.

Board Approved Cut Scores for Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF)

The Board heard a presentation regarding the 2020-21 NEPF summative data as well as cut score range recommendations from the Teachers and Leaders Council to be voted on by the board. The Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) is designed as a professional growth tool to help educators improve their practice so that all students have access to effective educators. The evaluation cycle is designed to provide educators with ongoing constructive feedback to improve their practice and to help schools and districts provide meaningful professional growth and ultimately increase student achievement.

NEFP Teacher Ratings Trend Data:


Image Source: Nevada Dept. of Education

Members of the board along with presenters discussed challenges with the NEPF, including that it was not designed to be summative and that it would be challenging to change the NEPF from a focus on teacher action to an orientation toward impact on student achievement. Trustees and presenters also discussed the need for a focus on shifting culture and facilitating multiple and shorter educator observations to include evidence-driven reflective conversations that lead to continuous improvement. Further discussion included whether changing cut stores would cause more confusion and the need for clarity and training about what is actually being scored in the NEPF for educators.

The board approved a motion to accept cut score ranges for the current school year and school years moving forward.

Click here to view the presentation including additional NEPF results.

Board Approved RFP Process for Review and Selection of a Statewide College & Career Readiness (CCR) Assessment

The College and Career Readiness (CCR) Indicator uses ACT results data. The ACT is given to students in Grade 11. Previously, the ACT assessed for English and Math but was not rigorous enough for Science. Trustees and presenters discussed the advantages of a single assessment to test in English, Math, and Science including reductions in the number of tests required, the amount of time to take assessments, cost, and time away from the classroom. The Board would like vendors to address and/or include at minimum the following items in their RFPs:

  • Free preparatory supports, including multilingual supports.
  • Fee waivers for students that need to retake the test.
  • Alignment with Higher Ed entrance criteria.
  • Alignment with potential workforce or certification programs.
  • Alignment with Nevada standards.
  • Pre-built marketing materials/PR that ensure students understand the value of the test to their futures as opposed to the narrative that it’s a requirement for graduation.
  • A deeper understanding of the career pathway and ensuring it does not get lumped into college readiness.
  • Extensive bias testing.
  • A component for Science.
  • Predictive data about how the exam leads to post-secondary success.

Members of the board approved to move the CCR Assessment RFP process forward.

Click here to view the presentation.

Information and Discussion Regarding the 2021 and 2022 Nevada Teachers of the Year

Board members did not discuss this agenda item. Click here to view the presentation materials.

Future Agenda Items

NRS 385.040 requires that the State Board hold at least 9 but no more than 12 meetings per year and at least one of the meetings of the State Board must include a discussion with the superintendents of the school districts, presidents of the boards of trustees of the school districts, representatives of the governing bodies of charter schools, and other school and education decision-making bodies to discuss goals and benchmarks. This meeting is planned for December 2021.

Members of the board requested the following items for consideration in the December 2021 meeting agenda:

  • Re-engage in discussion around Governance goals.
  • A collaborative discussion about how SBOE is communicating their goals to school districts to ensure their goals are aligned with ours.
  • Identifying barriers to making progress as well as what is going well that can be double-downed on.
  • Getting a sense of what school districts are dealing with in the trenches and ways SBOE can help support them.

Public comment #2

Members of the public provided comment on non-agenda items regarding concerns about vaccine and mask mandates. Members of the board informed the public that vaccine mandates are not within the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education and that public comment is reserved for items within the SBOE’s jurisdiction.


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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, November 5, 2021

State Public Charter School Authority Special Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting? 

Public comment: 

Members of the public provided comment on the following: 

  • Support for the approval of the application for Rooted School. 
  • Support for the model and potential outcomes aligned to Rooted School. 
  • Support for the approval of Pioneer Technology and Arts Academy (PTAA) Nevada.

Authority Held Regulatory Hearing on Update to Proposed Charter School Applications

The Authority is making changes to SPCSA regulations aligned to the submission of potential charter school applications and letters of intent. Changes include a shift from two application cycles annually to one, to be open between April 15 and April 30. Additionally, the change shifts letters of intent (LOIs) to submit an application to being due 90 days prior to the application submission, rather than 120 days. It also makes changes to the requirements outlined in the LOI, specifying information about the school, including proposed zip codes and any intention to work with a charter management organization or an education management organization. 

The approved changes will go before the legislative commission for final approval, at which time the changes will go into effect. 

Click here to view the changes. 

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report:

Report highlights:

  • Review of Plan to Return to School 
    • Upon the reopening of schools during the pandemic, SPCSA was required to develop and post a plan that was adopted at the June 25, 2021 meeting. Federal requirements indicate the SPCSA must seek input on whether to revise the plan every six months. Staff is currently reviewing their plan and anticipate minor updates. They encourage members of the public to provide input and feedback to staff. An updated version of the plan will be presented to the Authority board at the December meeting. 
  • Initiatives related to Serving All Students Equitably
    • Implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support  (MTSS)
      • There are currently 23 schools in an MTSS implementation cohort to support the integration of MTSS into schools with fidelity. Staff is also preparing deep dives into school restorative justice plans alongside an expert partner.
  • COVID-19 Update
    • Since the start of the school year, there have been 791 COVID-19 cases for students on and off-campus, resulting in approximately 2,000 students/educators being impacted by quarantine or closures. 
    • The SPCSA will work with state and local health agencies upon the rollout of additional vaccines for children now that they have been approved by the FDA. 

Board Approved Charter School Contract Amendment Applications

  • Sage Collegiate Charter School – Approved 
    • Sage Collegiate Charter School’s amendment to add additional grades for their year one opening was approved by the Authority. Sage Collegiate will now open with grades K-5 rather than K-2. Click here to view the staff memo. 
  • Eagle Charter Schools of Nevada – Approved 
    • Eagle Charter Schools of Nevada’s amendment to move their school’s location to the 89110 zip code was approved by the Authority. The relocated facility is located in an area of need as identified by the SPCSA. Click here to view the staff memo. 

Board Reviewed Six 6) New School Applications for Approval or Denial

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

Pilot Ed Cactus Park ES: Approved with conditions 

Cactus Park ES was approved with the following conditions:

  • By January 1, 2022, and before the school begins accepting student applications, provide an updated lottery policy that complies with Nevada Revised Statutes and Nevada Administrative Code.
  • By February 1, 2022, identify and onboard at least one additional board member who has experience and expertise in finance.
  • Provide a quarterly report to SPCSA staff during the incubation year on the status of fundraising and grant awards as well as a description of any impacts to the school’s budget.
  • Provide updates regarding the newly established CMO.
  • Clarify terms of the consulting agreement to detail specific services to be provided during the incubation year, as outlined in the incubation plan and scale strategy.
  • Complete the SPCSA pre-opening process for new charter schools.

Click here to view the Cactus Park ES staff report.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA): Approved with conditions 

YWLA was approved with the following conditions: 

  • By January 1, 2022, and before the school begins accepting student applications, provide an updated school enrollment policy that makes clear that any student, regardless of gender, may apply and enroll at the school.
  • By March 1, 2022, YWLA will submit board-approved procurement policies.
  • By July 1, 2022, YWLA should submit a long-term facility plan to SPCSA staff for review to ensure that the school has sufficient space beyond year one of operations.
  • By July 1, 2022, YWLA Las Vegas enters into a memorandum of understanding with one or more community colleges, state colleges and universities to offer dual credit courses pursuant to NRS 389.310.
  • By July 1, 2022, YWLA Las Vegas provides a signed attestation by both the lessor and YWLA Board Chair confirming that the proposed year one facility and organization will not exercise any control over the educational program of the charter school, pursuant to NRS 388A.090.
  • Complete the SPCSA pre-opening process for new charter schools.

Click here to see the YWLA staff report. 

Strong Start Academy: Denied

The SPCSA staff did not recommend the application for Board approval. The Board concurred with staff’s recommendation not to approve the application due, in part, to concerns regarding proposed vendors relationships that are underdeveloped and lack of clarity regarding how elements of the proposed academic program can be executed.

Click here to see the Strong Start Academy staff report. 

Wallace Stegner Academy: Denied

The SPCSA staff did not recommend the application for Board approval. The Board concurred with staff’s recommendation not to approve the application due, in part, to the timeline for hiring the school principal and potential cash shortages in the first year of operations.

Click here to see the Stegner Academy staff report. 

Pioneer Technology and Arts Academy (PTAA) Nevada: Denied

The SPCSA staff did not recommend the application for Board approval. The Board concurred with staff’s recommendation not to approve the application due, in part, to concerns regard the engagement of proposed board members and the process for selecting and hiring the principal.

Click here to see the PTAA staff report. 

Rooted School – Clark County: Denied (5-3) 

The SPCSA staff did not recommend the application for Board approval. The Board concurred with staff’s recommendation not to approve the application due, in part, to concerns about how the academic plan will be executed and the financial viability of the school.

Click here to see the Rooted School staff report. 

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months:)

Agenda items over the next three SPCSA board meetings are anticipated to include:

  • Focus on Schools Update  

Click here to see the long-range calendar.