Nevada Ed-Watch: 7/29/22

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 once 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, July 29, 2022
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting
Access the meeting agenda and playback.

What happened at this meeting? 

Public Comment #1 

Public comment was heard on:

  • Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction updates
  • Retaliation against a student at a charter school facility

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report

Highlights from the report include:

  • Initiatives Related to Serving All Students Equitably: Earlier in July, staff held a second working session for schools required to submit recruitment and enrollment plans. A third session is scheduled in August, and these plans must be submitted by schools no later than September 30.
  • Language Access Plan: A draft has been submitted and posted online. Highlights include the general policy, appointing a language access coordinator, and training and implementation services. The public comment form can be accessed here.
  • Legislative Session & Interim Committees: The Authority is submitting its second report regarding site evaluations ahead of its due date this weekend.
  • Elko Institute of Academic Achievement’s (EIAA) New Facility: EIAA is deferring its application for its new facility for the 2023-2024 school year due to construction costs. Explore the memo here.
  • Doral Academy of Northern Nevada’s New Campus: The SPCSA approved Doral Academy’s second campus, which included specific conditions which needed to be met by September 30. The Doral Academy Board met and declined to adopt those policies.
  • Initial Action Steps in Response to 2021-22 Sponsor Survey Results: Updates will be made to communications on key topics and the Authority will also be improving its regular Wednesday email. It will also publish upcoming grant timelines, will continue building out a library of resources in Canvas, and will continue to improve communications regarding annual reporting requirements, among other changes to take place. View the briefing memo here.
  • New School Application Process: Staff is currently in the process of evaluating four applications, and recently completed interviews; staff will be bringing recommendations to the August 29 Board meeting. Explore the update document here.
  • 2022-23 School Year Site Evaluations: Slight changes will be made to the site evaluation manual and will be brought to the Board at the August meeting. Explore the list here.

Board Received an Update on New Charter Schools for the 2022-2023 School Year

  • Battle Born Academy: Recruitment has seen dramatic progress in the last several weeks, with 143 students enrolled as of the Board meeting. More than 200 families attended the school’s open house this week, and the facility is ready to open August 8. Explore the update for Battle Born Academy.
  • PilotED – Cactus Park Elementary: The school’s permanent facility received its permit, with an anticipated Temporary Certificate of Occupancy of October 13, 2022; the temporary facility is ready to open August 8. There are about 240 active applications for 200 available seats. Its open house is next week. Explore the update for Cactus Park Elementary.
  • Sage Collegiate: As shared in the update, there is a small issue with the facilities, and the start date for the school is August 15, aligning with several other regional charter schools. 244 students are enrolled, and the wait list continues to grow. The school continues to host and take part in community events, and family orientation events are taking place at Discovery Children’s Museum and at the West Charleston Library. Explore the update for Sage Collegiate.
  • Strong Start Academy: The SPCSA walk-through was conducted earlier this week. Kindergarten is currently full, with some space in Grades 1 and 2 available. Community outreach is ongoing. The facility is undergoing its final inspections to open on August 8.
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy: The school is 90% enrolled, with about 100 scholars. A wait list has been established for ninth grade students. A meet-the-team event for families has been scheduled. Construction delays have occurred at the school facility, and the school is requesting a good cause exemption to start the school year at a temporary facility, located at the Boys and Girls Club on Cottage Grove Ave. Explore the update for Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Charter School Contract Amendment Applications

Nevada Virtual Academy was approved to relocate to a new facility, located at 8645 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123, with a tentative approval of the Special Use Permit and Certificate of Occupancy slated for September 20, 2022.

Explore the good cause exemption letter and the recommendation memo.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy was approved to relocate to a temporary facility to start the 2022-2023 school year, located at the Boys and Girls Club located at 920 Cottage Grove Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Explore the amendment application and the recommendation memo.

Board Received an Update on Nevada Connections Academy

Nevada Connections Academy presented unofficial results from its performance framework targets relating to ACT scores (6.5 for reading, 2 for math, and 2.5 for science), graduation rates (86.1% for four-year rates, and 81% for five-year rates), college and career readiness, student engagement, English language proficiency, and star rating. It also reviewed the school’s 2022-2023 school year goals, including assignment choice, student goals, essential standards, grading feedback, and events and community engagement opportunities.

Explore the presentation.

Board Approved the Updates to the SPCSA’s Local Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

The Board approved changes to the SPCSA’s Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction, as required by the American Rescue Plan. Changes include additional information and context on guardrails and oversight, additional information relating to COVID-19 testing support, approach to COVID-19 given the State of Emergency has ended, additional information relating to masks and mitigation measures, updated information on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and training to be provided during the 2022-2023 school year.

Explore the plan.

Board Received an Update on the Charter School Renewal Process

Staff reviewed key renewal dates and timeline, as well as the general approach to recommendations for renewal. Staff outlined the information and data used to make these recommendations, including academic and organizational performance, financial performance, site evaluation findings, and other information provided in the renewal application.

Explore the presentation.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months):

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

  • Charter school applications
  • Academic Performance Framework
  • Growth management plan
  • School board demographics
  • 2023 SPCSA board meeting calendar

Explore the long-range calendar.

Public Comment #2

  • Retaliation against a student at a charter school facility

The next Meeting of the SPCSA Board is scheduled for Monday, August 29, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 07/14/22

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, July 14, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding:

  • Employee retaliation
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
  • Public comment periods at CCSD Board meetings
  • Substitute teacher benefits
  • Rezoning processes
  • Hostile learning environments

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (6-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Trustees approved the consent agenda but revised Items 3.23 – Amendment of CCSD Policy 5127 and 3.24 – Amendment of CCSD Regulation 5127 to reflect the GPA cap to be implemented for the Cohort of 2024, rather than the Cohort of 2023.

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 3312 – Purchasing Authorization and Nepotism – All Funds (6-0)

Trustees approved amended language to Regulation 3312 regarding purchasing authorization and nepotism. The threshold for requests for purchases that must be submitted to the CCSD purchasing department was revised to amounts over $3,000; the previous threshold was $2,000. Language relating to degrees of consanguinity or affinity to a member of the Board of Trustees or authorizing officials was also amended to include any purchase (the previous threshold was $2,000).  

The regulation will be submitted to the Trustees for approval at the Board meeting scheduled on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Explore the Notice of Intent.

Trustees Discussed the Revised Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Trustees received a presentation from Staff on revisions to the CCSD Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction for the 2022-2023 school year. Highlights of the plan include:

  • CCSD continuing to provide distance education through the Nevada Learning Academy
  • Updated Community Indicators, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control
  • Changes to Community Transmission Levels in low, medium, and high categories
  • Removing required mandatory testing unless a site is designated a High level of transmission

Explore the plan.

Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved a New Memorandum of Agreement Between CCSD and the Clark County Education Association (5-1-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Education Association, which provides for placement review and processes during the application of AB 469. There are no additional costs associated with the Memorandum of Agreement.

One Trustee abstained from voting on this item.

Explore the Memorandum of Agreement and public hearing materials.

Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved a New Memorandum of Agreement to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association (5-1-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association. The new agreement acknowledges that AB 469, or NRS 388G.500 to 388G.810, applies to the Agreement. There are no additional costs associated with the Memorandum of Agreement.

One Trustee abstained from voting on this item.

Explore the Memorandum of Agreement and public hearing materials.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Required school disciplinary data
  • School safety and academic excellence
  • Equity in school safety procedures and mitigation strategies

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for August 4, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 07/07/22

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 2022 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, July 7, 2022

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

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • AB 469 implementation
  • College and career assessments
  • Carryover funds
  • Teacher licensure requirements

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Board welcomed two new Board Members: Malia Poblete, the new student representative on the Board, and Dr. Summer Stephens, Superintendent of Churchill County School District.
  • President Ortiz attended at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) team presented at the Nevada Association on School Administrators spring conference.
  • The NDE team presented on multiple topics to the Interim Committee on Education, including competency-based learning, evidence-based evaluation methods, and early education costs (determined through a modeling exercise to be $8,410 per student), class size, workforce analysis, and teacher retention and recruitment. The Interim Committee has 16 recommendations in advance of the 2023 legislative session.
  • The NDE has invested $12 million in college and career readiness through ARP and ESSER funds.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Presentation to Milken Educator Award Recipient

The 2022 Milken Educator Award (MEA) winner Ali Jun was presented with the MEA Obelisk.

Explore the presentation and more information on the Milken Educator Award here.

Board Received a Presentation on Clark County School District’s Progress Related to the Allocation of 85 Percent of Unrestricted Funds to Local School Precincts

CCSD has a requirement to allocate 85% of unrestricted funds to local school precincts, pursuant to AB 469 and NRS. District staff provided an overview on how restricted funds are identified and district responsibilities under NRS 388G.610, as well as costs for each of these responsibilities.

In summary, total resources from the General Fund is $3.1 billion, with $1.1 billion in the restricted funds category, and $2.0 billion in unrestricted funds. Of those unrestricted funds, 93% are allocated to schools and 7% are allocated to central services.

Explore the presentation here.

Board Received a Presentation Regarding K-12 Student Achievement Rankings

The Board received a presentation from the Guinn Center of the results of the first two phases of a three-phase study related to the methodologies behind national education rankings by Education Week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Fordham Institute. The presentation addressed Nevada’s and the Las Vegas Metro area’s standings on these rankings and provide a preview of the final and third phase of the work to be completed.

In its most recent rankings, Education Week’s “Quality Counts” ranking places Nevada 18th in K-12 achievement, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Kids Count” ranking places Nevada 45th in K-12 achievement.

Key findings by the Guinn Center include that data sets are dated, and any new programs intended to improve Nevada rankings will not be reflective in these reports; rankings are relative, in that improving outcomes does not necessarily guarantee an improvement in rankings; each ranking is unique and should not be compared to one another; and data points used (or excluded) impact the results of each respective report.

Explore the presentation here and the Nevada Education Rankings report here.

Board Received a Presentation on a Recommendation of the College and Career Ready Assessment Request for Proposals (RFP) Process

The Board received a presentation on the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP process and the resulting recommendation. The RFP sought a qualified vendor to administer CCR assessment to all students enrolled in Grade 11, including development, delivery, administration, scoring, and reporting services. The initial term is four years, from FY 2023-2026, with an option to extend into FY 2027-2028.

Four vendors responded (Data Recognition Corporation, Pearson Education, ACT, and The College Board), and an evaluation committee with representatives from Douglas, Clark, and Washoe County School Districts, Carson City School District, the Nevada Department of Education, and the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation reviewed all responses using criteria in demonstrated competence, conformance with the terms of the RFP, cost, experience in comparable engagements, and expertise.

The Committee’s recommendation was to award Data Recognition Corporation and its Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) to move forward with the vendor selection process. After discussion, a split vote resulted in the Board having to hold this item for a future meeting.

Explore the recommendation here and the RFP here. Score summaries can be found here and evaluator comments can be found here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R069-22 – Expanding the Ability of School Districts to Hire Paraprofessionals to Work in Hard-to-Staff Title I Schools (NAC 388G.100)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved a Notice of Intent expanding the ability of school districts to hire paraprofessionals to work in hard-to-staff Title I schools.

Explore the Notice of Intent materials here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R063-22 – Creating Regulatory Language to Define a Principal’s Ability to Hire Teachers and Substitute Teachers in Place of a Licensed Teacher, and Revise the Dispute Resolution Process (NAC 388G.100)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved a Notice of Intent that requires a large school district to provide annual training on certain topics; requires a school district and local school precinct to develop and follow certain procedures in the selection of teachers; and revises provisions relating to dispute resolution process. A modification to the proposed language was made to place “to the greatest extent possible” language back into the regulation.

Explore the Notice of Intent materials here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R064-22 – Creating Regulatory Language to Define “Other Staff Who Work Under the Direct Supervision of the Principal” (NAC 388G.610)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved a Notice of Intent that interprets the term “other staff who work under the direct supervision of the principal” to mean any employee who is assigned to the local school precinct; evaluated by the principal or a designee of the principal; and not a member of central services.

Explore the Notice of Intent materials here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R065-22 – Creating Regulatory Language Related to Non-Compliance of NRS 388G.500 Through 388G.910 and Any Regulations Thereof

The Board held a public hearing on and approved a Notice of Intent that establishes certain powers of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to carry out the reorganization of a large school district; sets forth the qualifications, powers, and duties of a compliance monitor to oversee the reorganization of a large school district; authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to place certain large school districts in a receivership due to noncompliance with certain requirements relating to reorganization; and sets forth the powers and duties of the receiver of a large school district.

After discussion, the Board approved the regulation, removing the last sentence from Paragraph 5 and all text thereafter, to remove possible receivership from the regulatory language. The struck language can be added or reviewed at a later date.

Explore the Notice of Intent materials here.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items will include a discussion regarding the 2023 legislative session, as well as an update on Workforce Connections and Praxis/licensing issues.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • Fiscal management pursuant to AB 469

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022.


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