Nevada Ed-Watch: 06/27/22

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.


Monday, June 27, 2022
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting
Access the meeting agenda and playback.

What happened at this meeting? 

Public comment 

No public comment was heard at this time.

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report

Highlights from the report include:

  • Initiatives Related to Serving All Students Equitably: Certain schools must submit recruitment and enrollment plans by September 30. Staff conducted their first optional virtual working session this month, with two additional sessions planned for the summer. Staff also participated in a Restorative Justice training and are planning to offer optional training this summer and in 2023.
  • COVID-19 Update: SPCSA is required to continue to maintain the Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan  through September 30, and the Board will receive an update on plans in July.
  • Legislative Session Planning: The committee is continuing monthly meetings, and SPCSA has been engaged in the process. There are two meetings through the end of this interim period; the final meeting is an opportunity to identify legislative topics.
  • Budget: The Authority is on track to submit its budget by the end of August, and is working with the Governor’s finance office on answering requests related to staffing increases.
  • Update on New Schools Opening in Fall 2022: 
    • Coral Academy of Science: The Cadence campus is on track to open mid-August, and will be ready by mid-July to allow the school to prep for its first day. It will provide an update on recruitment/enrollment at the July meeting.
    • Nevada State High School – NLV Campus:  The campus has received its certificate of occupancy and is ready to welcome students.  
  • Language Access Plan: Pursuant to SB 318, staff must develop and biannually revise this plan providing services for constituents with limited English proficiency. The Authority is currently drafting the plan, to be posted over the summer for public comment in July. It is also working to make the website more accessible to those with limited English proficiency, including translation services.
  • 2022 SPCSA Sponsor Survey: The survey was conducted 5/11 – 6/5, with responses from 30 school leaders representing 26 of 38 charter schools. Input was measured in four areas: communication, authorizing, school support, and grants. Explore the survey results memo and the feedback survey.
  • Staffing Update: Marinna Cutler is the new Director of School Support for the SPCSA, and the Authority is filling a few additional positions to reach a total of 27 full-time staff.

Board Received a Presentation Regarding Governance Standards, Pursuant to Assembly Bill 419

The first governance standards training was held in June, with approximately 250 school board members from about 50 schools. Three additional trainings are scheduled this summer, and a process has been established to approve other organizations to provide this type of training based upon standards approved by the Authority. During the presentation, a Board member provided an overview of Standard 3: Managing Financial Resources responsibly.

Explore the governance standards here.

Board Discussed the Impact of Weighted Lotteries

Staff provided an overview on weighted lotteries and their role in improving access to educationally disadvantaged students. Such lotteries can be used in favor of identified student groups, such as those who are economically disadvantaged, those with disabilities, and/or those with limited English proficiency, among others. Seven SPCSA charters/24 campuses have a weighted lottery policy in place, with 21 campuses having more applications than seats available. Results varied from school to school and are detailed in the memo (available at the link below). Staff noted in the memo that while impact varies, weighted lotteries will not singlehandedly address the discrepancies in such demographics.

Explore the briefing memo here.

Charter School Contract Amendment Applications

Girls Athletic Leadership School was approved for changes to the school name, mission and vision, as well as modifications to academic and organizational plans and a reduction on its enrollment caps for the duration of the charter term. These changes are mostly due to terminating the contract with GALS Inc. and COVID-related recruitment strain. Its new name will be Girls Empowerment Middle School (GEMS). The school’s mission, values, and driving force will remain the same.

Explore the good cause exemption letter and the recommendation memo.

Explore Academy was approved for a reduction in its enrollment cap from 510 to 355 students and will be moving to its permanent facility this year.

Explore the good cause exemption letter and the recommendation memo.

PilotED Cactus Park Elementary was conditionally approved to remove its student transportation plan for the 2022-2023 school year and operate at a temporary location at Nevada Prep for the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

Explore the good cause exemption letter and the recommendation memo.

Quest Academy was approved for a reduction of its enrollment cap from 565 to 500 students for the 2022-2023 school year.

Explore the good cause exemption letter and the recommendation memo.

Strong Start Academy was approved for a relocation for the 2022-2023 school year, so all students and faculty are located in one permanent facility. The facility is the site of the 9th Bridge School, at 302 S. 9th St.

Explore the good cause exemption letter and the recommendation memo.

Young Women’s Leadership Academy was approved for a reduction of its enrollment cap from 150 to 110 students for the 2022-2023 school year.

Explore the recommendation memo.

Doral Academy of Northern Nevada was approved for an additional K-8 campus for the 2023-2024 school year, primarily serving students in 89502 and 89431 zip codes.

Explore the recommendation memo.

Explore charter applications, budgets, and additional materials here.

Board Heard an Update on Approved New Charter Schools for Fall 2022

  • Battle Born Academy: The school is approved to open, serving grades K-1 and 5-6, and will be temporarily located in the Equipo Academy facility. Thirty-eight percent of seats have been enrolled, with an additional 10% in the enrollment process. Explore the update.
  • Sage Collegiate: The school facilities are scheduled to open on time. Current enrollment is at 244, and a waitlist has started in four grade levels. Grassroots efforts have continued and ramped up through several community partnerships. Explore the update.
  • PilotED Cactus Park Elementary: All updates have been included in the charter school contract amendment application above.
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy: The school is 61% fully enrolled, with several recruitment events coming up and in the past few months. The school continues to hire for roles in math and science, as well as other positions, and has increased teacher salaries to be equitable with wages at the local school district. Explore the update.
  • Strong Start Academy: The lease agreement on the facility has been executed, and the City of Las Vegas is in the process of purchasing the 9th Bridge building for a permanent facility.  Seventy-eight students have been enrolled thus far, and teacher recruitment continues. Explore the update.

Board Approved Revisions to the SPCSA Academic Performance Framework and Organizational Framework:

The Board approved a number of proposed changes, including those to SPCSA Academic Framework performance level rating requirements to fulfill its obligation and responsibility to provide Academic Performance Framework results for SPCSA-sponsored schools; and using a 64% Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) Student Enrollment Rate measure rate cap when an SPCSA school or zoned district participates in the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP, to support more accurate FRL rate comparisons between SPCSA schools and zoned districts.

Explore the presentation.

Changes to the SPCSA Organizational Framework included:

  • SPCSA staff verifying state assessment participation requirements through data collection processes and NDE, and as such, removing the measure from the self-certification checklist
  • Verifying schools’ governing bodies have completed training in Nevada’s Open Meeting Law and SPCSA Governance Standards
  • SPCSA staff verifying all applicable reporting requirements called for in the Reporting Requirements Manual, and as such, removing the measure from the self-certification checklist
  • SPCSA staff verifying that a school is in material compliance with student attendance requirements and as such, removing the measure from the self-certification checklist
  • Revising language to Indicator 4, Measure 16 to clarify that “the school has no known outstanding obligations with regard to payroll, unemployment, ADA, FMLA, IRS, or other federal, state and local entities”
  • SPCSA staff verifying that a school is current with all Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) obligations and as such, removing the measure from the self-certification checklist
  • Adding language to include that all governing body members of a charter school maintain compliance with fingerprint requirements pursuant to NRS 388A.323.

Explore the presentation and supplemental materials.

Board Heard an Update on Site Evaluations for the 2021-2022 School year

All schools with a charter contract in Years 1, 3, or 5 were evaluated as scheduled, for a total of 42 site evaluations with 691 classrooms observed between September 2021 and May 2022. Identified strengths include implementing strategies aimed at closing opportunity gaps, meeting students’ social-emotional learning needs, implementing MTSS through SPCSA, and use of restorative justice practices to address behavioral issues. Challenges include opportunity gaps, regressive social-emotional behaviors, teacher shortages, post-COVID challenges like learning loss and chronic absenteeism, and serving the needs of vulnerable student groups.

Explore the presentation.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months):

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

  • Safe return plan updates
  • New charter school applications
  • Academic Performance Framework

Explore the long-range calendar.

The next Meeting of the SPCSA Board is scheduled for July 29, 2022 @ 9:00 am. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 06/23/22

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, June 23, 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:

  • Student safety and bullying
  • Support staff salaries
  • Qualifications for substitute teachers
  • District staff responsiveness
  • Equity in school district policies

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (5-1-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

One Trustee abstained from voting on this item.

Trustees Heard a Presentation on Teacher Retention

Staff presented on the current state of teaching positions and vacancies in the District. From the 2016-2017 school year to the 2021-2022 school year, student enrollment decreased by 15,777 students and the licensed employee count decreased by 56 employees. Initial findings from staff include a significant increase in the number of planned licensed positions over the last seven years is outpacing the number of teachers the district can hire; and planned full-time equivalent positions include attempts to reduce class sizes and an increase in non-classroom licensed positions.

Staff also provided a vacancy update thus far for the 2022-2023 school year. Schools with the highest vacancy percentages are concentrated around the North Las Vegas area, with the highest vacancy percentages ranging between 20% and 40.74%. Seventy-nine percent of students at schools with at least a 20% teacher vacancy percentage are Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino.

School impact findings include vacancy rates not equitably distributed among all schools and student groups, as well as a challenge for the District in serving the schools with the greatest need and providing smaller class sizes for all students. Steps that were recommended include increased marketing for the new starting teacher salaries; incentivizing licensed staff to be hired and retained at schools with the greatest need; exploring alternate certification pathways and licensing requirements and reciprocity; and improving working conditions through implementing Multi-Tier Systems of Support and capacity-building for new and/or struggling teachers. 

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved a New Memorandum of Agreement Between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association Regarding Article 19-4-2 of the Negotiated Agreement (5-1-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Understanding between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association that provides that any bus driver or special education bus driver starting between January 1, 2022 and July 1, 2022, will move to Step B-1 and will remain at that step until the one-year anniversary of their hire date.

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 Second Amendment to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employee Association Regarding Changes in Language in Article 20 (5-1-0)

Trustees approved a second amendment to the negotiated agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employee Association’s 2021-2023 Negotiated Agreement.  The amendment increases the contribution by CCSD to the ESEA Group Health Insurance program, with a fiscal impact of $6.6 million.

One trustee abstained from voting on this item.

Explore the amendment and public hearing materials.

Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved an Amendment to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees (CCASAPE) Regarding Article 16-3 (6-0)

Trustees approved an amendment to the Negotiated Agreement between CCSD and CCASAPE. The amendment to Article 16-3 changes the language to provide clarity to procedures regarding placement of administrators on the approved salary scale and brings the Article into compliance with SB 293 of the 2021 Legislature.  There is no fiscal impact to this amendment.

Explore the amendment and public hearing materials.

Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the CCASAPE Regarding Summer Pay for Principals Recently Moved to 12-Month Contracts (6-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved a new Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and CCASAPE to address pay for certain principals who were recently moved to 12-month contracts and who will be working during June (and in some cases July) in the Extended School Year program, or who will be opening new schools or replacement schools. The fiscal impact of the Memorandum is approximately $560,000.

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: 

  • Public comment periods at CCSD Board of Trustees meetings
  • Literacy and mathematics goals
  • Improving educational equity and strategies for increasing educational equity

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for July 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 06/09/2022

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, June 9, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding:

  • New starting salaries and existing teacher salaries
  • Community representation
  • Teacher retention
  • School safety
  • School accountability for child endangerment and neglect
  • Student outcomes and perception of Trustees to students
  • District workplace culture
  • School funding
  • Trustee behavior
  • Union representation
  • Student safety
  • Workplace discrimination

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (5-2)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees approved the consent agenda, pulling items 3.37 – Appointment of Bond Oversight Committee members, and 3.38 – CCSD Regulation 5114.1, Discipline: Suspension Procedures. One nominee on Item 3.37 was approved to serve on the Committee by a 7-0 vote, while the other nominee was not approved. Item 3.38 passed separately by a 6-1 vote.

Trustees Heard a Presentation on Focus 2024: Strategic Plan Update – Student Discipline

Staff presented on student suspensions and discretionary expulsions, which are tracking higher during the 2021-2022 school year. Staff noted that the 2020-2021 data is not comparative because at the time the data was pulled, the school year had not yet been completed. Through March 11, 2022, there have been 18,860 student suspensions (compared with 19,631 for the full 2019-2020 school year) and 733 discretionary expulsions (compared with 625 for the full 2019-2020 school year).

Challenges include disproportionality, major disciplinary infractions, and Q3 history; district successes include external stakeholder collaboration and data tracking. Next steps include revising the CCSD Pre-K-12 Student Code of Conduct in June and Student Record Guidance in July 2022.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Heard a Presentation on Focus 2024: Strategic Plan Update – Nevada System of Higher Education Remediation Rates

Staff presented on higher education remediation rates. Remediation is defined as students who are enrolled in remedial math or English coursework at a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution. Remediation rates are annually provided by NSHE; the system is in the process of changing the remediation structure into a corequisite support model, where students take simultaneous support classes alongside college classes.

The NSHE remediation dashboard has been redesigned, which creates consistency issues in reporting metrics, but some data on remediation for the Class of 2020 year was provided: 27% of CCSD students attending College of Southern Nevada took remedial coursework, 39% attending UNLV needed remedial coursework, and 31% of UNR students needed remedial coursework. It was noted that the Class of 2020 was particularly challenging for students transitioning from high school into college due to the pandemic.

Successes include increasing access to dual enrollment programs, implementing professional learning for counselors, and tailoring individualized professional learning for AP teachers. Challenges include continuing to focus to ensure all students have access to rigorous coursework.

A revised theory of action was presented, given new approaches to remediation: “If we monitor deliberate systems at all grade levels for course enrollment in CCSD, college remediation instances will decrease.” Next steps will include expansion of ad hoc reports for rigorous course enrollment and professional learning for administrators and counselors, and monitoring student enrollment and identifying gaps in rigorous coursework.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Policy 5127: High School Graduation Requirements (7-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Policy 5127 regarding high school graduation requirements. The proposed changes include adding language regarding College and Career Readiness Diplomas and updating language on curriculum, diploma, and testing requirements.

This item may be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, July 14, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 5127: High School Graduation Requirements (6-1)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 5127 regarding high school graduation requirements. The proposed changes include updating language on diploma types and including dual enrollment weights on GPA, external credit options, and a cap on weighted GPA calculations. Additionally, the Advanced Honors diploma will continue to be an option for students through the Cohort of 2025.

This item may be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, July 14, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 6174: Dual Enrollment Programs (7-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 6174 regarding dual enrollment. The proposed changes include language clarifying dual enrollment procedures and how credits are granted.

This item may be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, July 14, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved New Memoranda of Agreements Regarding the Negotiated Agreements between CCSD and the Clark County Education Association, Education Support Employees Association, Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees, Police Officers Association, and the Police Administrators Association (4-1-2)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved various new Memoranda of Agreements between CCSD and several Unions regarding retention bonuses, increases in teacher starting salaries, changes to the sick leave pool and professional growth system, elimination of the spring surplus, additional amounts to be paid to health savings plans, and suspending Article 18-9, in which a buyout is performed for teachers/employees who have reached 29 years of service and have at least 100 sick days; that suspension will be in effect from 2023-2025. The total fiscal impact of these agreements is up to $167,315,000.

One Trustee abstained from the vote on this item.

Explore the fiscal impact assessments summary and the Memoranda of Agreements.

Explore written public comment submitted on this agenda item.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Teachers Health Trust
  • Trustee behavior
  • Possible retaliatory efforts towards employees
  • Inadequate school facilities for extreme heat conditions
  • Student and faculty safety and security issues
  • School health clinics
  • Temporary employee bonuses
  • Teacher pay and retention

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for June 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch 06/02/22

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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, June 2, 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: 

  • Teacher recruitment and housing
  • Education quality in Nevada
  • AB 469 and district reorganization
  • SPCSA board appointments
  • Standardized testing, assessments, and student outcomes
  • College and career readiness

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • There are two U.S. Presidential Scholars representing Nevada in 2022: Jang Gun Choe, from Clark High School in Las Vegas, and Julianna Schneider, from Davidson Academy in Reno.
  • There will be a presentation from the Commission on School Funding at the July Board meeting.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • UNR President Sandoval hosted K-12 superintendents in May for a meeting to discuss Pre-K – higher education and the educator pipeline. Also in attendance were UNLV and Nevada State College.
  • The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Task Force is a public body appointed by the Legislative Committee on Education, consisting of 20 Nevada teachers tasked with identifying challenges with and making recommendations to the Legislative Committee on Education regarding teacher recruitment and retention. There will be a presentation and report given next week to the Legislative Committee on Education.
  • The Nevada Department of Education provides data and information to the Joint Interim Legislative Committee on Education, including six recent presentations (and five scheduled for the upcoming meeting) on a variety of topics, including regarding health and wellness, retention, restorative practice, school safety, performance plans, and boards, councils, and commissions.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Appointed Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton to Serve as a State Board Appointee to the State Public Charter School Authority Board

The Board reviewed eight applications to serve as one of two State Board appointees for a three-year term on the State Public Charter School Authority Board (July 1, 2022- June 30, 2025). After applicant interviews and board discussion, Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton was selected to serve a second term on the SPCSA board.

Review the applicants’ information here.

Board Delayed a Presentation and Vote on the College and Career Ready High School Assessment RFP Process

The Board delayed the presentation and vote on the agenda item regarding the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP Process and the resulting recommendation of the RFP Selection Committee. The item will now be heard at the July Board of Education meeting.

Explore the presentation and the Request for Proposal.

Future Agenda Items

Suggestions for future agenda items regarding legislative priorities and the Commission on School Funding, the progress on carryover dollars as related to AB 469, and workforce development updates were discussed.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • AB 469 Subcommittee behavior

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2022.


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Nevada Ed Watch: 5/20/2022

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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 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, May 20, 2022
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting
Access the meeting agenda and playback.

What happened at this meeting? 

Public comment 

Members of the public shared comments regarding retention of students of color and additional staff training as well as matters of student safety and substance use at Legacy Traditional School.

SPCSA Charter School Governing Body Governance Standards.

The board will return to this agenda item during the June 27 meeting.

Explore the SPCSA Governance Standards.

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report

Highlights from the report include:

  • Initiatives Related to Serving All Students Equitably: Last month the Authority voted to require certain schools to submit recruitment and enrollment plans by September 30, 2022.  The plans must include specific strategies aimed at serving a student population representative of the school community, particularly those qualifying for free and reduced lunch. SPCSA staff issued guidance to the selected schools for developing their plans, with a suggested process that includes a data review, root cause analysis, and identification of strategies. Three optional virtual working sessions will be offered to support the schools with this process.
  • COVID-19 Update: Governor Sisolak formally ended the COVID-19 State of Emergency effective Friday, March 20. All SPCSA-sponsored schools, except those approved as fully distance learning schools, will return to in-person learning. Emergency substitutes will be phased out in Washoe and Clark Counties for the 2022-23 school year but will be permitted in rural communities. The provision that allows a registered nurse to oversee the COVID-19 testing lab for SPCSA schools will expire with the State of Emergency. The SPCSA is looking for a certified director with the approved credentials to continue to keep the lab open. If they are unable to hire one, SPCSA staff will transition schools to other COVID testing programs. The Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan will remain in place through September 30, 2023.
  • New Charter School Applications: Charter school applications are due between April 15-30 each year. This year, five applicants applied, including four schools in Clark County: Mind Your Books (K-8), Rooted School (9-12), Southern Nevada Trades High School (9-12) and The Village High School (9-12). The fifth school, Method Schools of NV, withdrew their application. The next step will include external review of the applications with recommendations brought to the Authority in August. Full applications are posted on the SPCSA website and are open for public comment. One member of the Authority requested first year enrollment for the new schools, which will be available in the posted applications’ enrollment tables.
  • 2022 Sponsor Feedback Survey: Last week, SPCSA launched its annual sponsor feedback survey to SPCSA-sponsored charter school leaders, which measures dimensions such as communications with SPCSA staff, the authorizing functions, and school and grant administration support functions. The survey will remain open for one month. The results will be shared at an upcoming meeting. Thus far, 11 respondents have taken the survey.
  • Update on New Schools Opening in Fall 2022: 
    • Battle Born Academy will open with 240 students in grades K, 1, 5 and 6.  The Authority approved the school’s temporary location. With necessary modifications on track, the certificate of occupancy is expected by July 8, 2022. 
    • Sage Collegiate will open with 224 students in grades K-5. Work is being completed on the facility, but construction timelines are tight, so the school is working on contingency plans. 
    • PilotED – Cactus Park Elementary will open with 351 in grades K-4. The school is working to close the gap in enrollment paperwork.  Work is being completed on the facility, but construction timelines are tight, so the school is working on contingency plans. 
    • Young Women’s Leadership Academy will open with a planned enrollment of 150 across grades 6-9. 
    • Strong Start Academy is opening K-2 with 180 students. Through a partnership with the City of Las Vegas, the school will open in the City’s three Pre-K centers and then to partner with the City to transition to a single site facility long term. 

      Each school is on track to open in Fall 2022. In early June, enrollment audits will be conducted, which will result in initial funding.  Per pupil funding will be reconciled for schools in November.  Additionally, from a facility perspective, schools will be required to provide evidence of temporary or permanent certificate of occupancy after which SPCSA staff will perform walkthroughs of the facilities.

Charter School Contract Amendment Applications

Discovery Charter School requested a good cause exemption and received approval to acquire the current facility at Hillpoint Campus to accommodate a waitlist exceeding 220 students.

Explore Discovery Charter School’s good cause exemption request and charter amendment application.

Eagle Charter School was approved for a new location at 2025 East Sahara, which is located in the previously approved zip code of 89104. The school anticipates the majority of enrollment to come from this zip code. A Restaurant Depot is currently located in the facility. 

Explore Eagle Charter School’s good cause exemption request and charter amendment application

Additional materials including each school’s budget and SPCSA recommendation memo can be found here.

Board Approved Revolving Loan Application for Sage Collegiate

Sage Collegiate provided SPCSA staff with a business plan and budget which indicated they would have sufficient funds to make the repayments. Based on this analysis, SPCSA staff recommended approval of the loan, according to repayment terms in the memo.   

Explore the Sage Collegiate recommendation memo and revolving loan request.

Board Approved Good Cause Exemption for Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy Nevada

The board approved PTAA Nevada’s request for a good cause exemption to submit a new charter school application outside of the usual application window. Recent revisions to administrative code NAC 388A.260 changed the deadlines for new charter applications from two charter application windows to a single window in April of each year.  The code also gives the SPCSA authority to accept an application outside of the annual window upon request and for good cause.

PTAA would submit notice of intent by May 30, 2022, and would then submit an application toward the end of August 2022, which would come to the Authority for approval in December 2022.  Staff found good cause to approve submission outside of the April window, also noting that submitting next April would generate approval too late to open in Fall 2023 as planned.  

The board also heard updates on ongoing litigation. PTAA filed two lawsuits against the Authority – one of which will be dismissed, and no action will be taken on the second in the next 30 days.

Members of the board shared thoughts on the school’s decision to move forward with a new application as well as the need for both the school and the Authority to reflect on their own process and that the process be balanced on both sides. 

Explore the PTAA recommendation memo and request for good cause exemption.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months):

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

  • Calendar updates due to virtual meetings – the June meeting will be on Monday, June 27 and the August meeting will be on Monday, August 29.
  • Amendment applications on the June meeting agenda.

Explore the long-range calendar.

The next Meeting of the SPCSA Board is scheduled for June 27, 2022 @ 9:00 am. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 05/19/2022

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, May 19, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding:

  • Graduation dress code and cultural, heritage, and identity-based graduation attire
  • Teachers Health Trust communication and issue mitigation
  • Operational efficiency of elementary schools
  • Teacher retention efforts
  • Health checks
  • Gender identity and CCSD protocols
  • Designated safe spaces in schools
  • Potentially inappropriate reading assignments and material
  • Site-based decision-making

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (4-2)

Trustees approved the Consent Agenda, removing item 3.02 – Grant Application and Notice of Subaward: COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness Program for a separate discussion and vote.

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on the implementation of the COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness Program, unified personnel employment, implementation of the Title VI Indian Education Program, Nevada State College Academic Support, student expulsions, and the 2022A Building Bond Resolution.

Staff provided additional clarification on Item 3.02 – Grant Application and Notice of Subaward: COVID-19 Public Health Preparedness Program; this grant is allocated for COVID-19 contact tracing, testing, and other mitigation strategies for in-person learning. The project period is anticipated to be May 20, 2022 – June 30, 2023, for an anticipated cost of $2.7 million. The cost of the program is covered by federal grant funding, not from the General Fund or ESSER funding. This item passed on a separate vote, 5-1.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend Clark County School District Regulation 5131, Dress and Appearance (6-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 5131 related to student dress code. Proposed changes include adding non-discrimination language in alignment with The CROWN Act, changes to the Standard Student Attire policy, and the inclusion of non-gender specific language regarding Standard Student Attire clothing options.

This item will be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, June 9, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend Regulation 4280, Dress and Grooming: All Employees (5-1)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 4280 relating to employee dress and grooming standards. Proposed changes include adding non-discrimination language in alignment with The CROWN Act and the inclusion of non-gender specific language regarding employee attire and grooming standards.

This item will be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, June 9, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend Regulation 5114.1, Discipline: Suspension Procedures (6-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 5114.1 relating to student suspensions. The proposed changes include updating the definition of significant suspensions (required by AB 67 of the 2021 Nevada Legislature), requiring a consultation process before suspending students who are experiencing homelessness or residing in foster care, and adding in language regarding the suspension appeal process and the hearing process.

After public comment and Trustee discussion, the motion passed with an additional change to include the teacher or staff member who removed the student from the classroom in a required conference with the student, parent/guardian, and principal, assistant principal, or student success coordinator.  This conference is required to take place within three school days of suspension.

This item will be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, June 9, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • District curriculum
  • District performance
  • Medical care concerns and communications
  • Student and staff safety
  • Adding foster care students as a student demographic in data presentations
  • Law enforcement support

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for June 9, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 5/17/2022

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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.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Clark County School District “Focus on the Future for Kids” Community Update

What happened at this meeting?

Clark County School District staff provided a brief update on how the District has allocated and is implementing American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds.

Background:

CCSD was allocated $777 million from the federal government for continued pandemic response and relief. This update staff is part of the ESSER III timeline in Phase 2, in which CCSD staff reports back to the community on implementation and plan refreshments.

Summary:

Staff noted that many initial estimates on project investments were low and project scopes were narrow, and the District has since gone through an exercise to prioritize these projects.

Spending priorities were divided into five broad categories, with each category having line-items for projects and how success will be measured in each category:

  • Student Success: 76.76% of ESSER III funds
    • Projects include summer learning, Tier I instructional materials for science and English Language Arts, a direct allocation to elementary schools, online curriculum and instructional resources, technology upgrades, social and emotional learning materials, and mental health services, among others.
    • Measures of success: MAP results, high school students on track to graduate, percentage of graduates with a College and Career Ready diploma, and Panorama student mental health indicators
  • Teachers, Principals, and Staff: 12.88% of ESSER III funds
    • Projects include $2,000 retention bonuses, educator pipeline programs, relocation and retention bonuses, teacher leadership pathways, and Urban Leader Pathway programs, among others.
    • Measures of success: Open teaching positions by October 1, teacher retention rate, and new classroom teachers hired
  • COVID-19 Mitigation: 9.42% of ESSER III funds
    • Projects include health services, operations, indirect costs, and charter school pass-thru funding.
    • Measures of success: Teacher attendance, student attendance
  • Parent and Community Support: 0.91% of ESSER III funds
    • The project includes improving data transparency and accountability, including building an online resource and reporting platform that provides student outcome data, financial data, and other information regarding school performance and accountability. It will be aggregated and available on a district-wide basis for public consumption.
    • Measures of success: Community members engaged in Focus on the Future for Kids
  • Balanced Governance and Leadership: 0.04% of ESSER III funds
    • Projects include ESSER III accountability, communication, and transparency, and CCSD strategic planning
    • Measure of success: Annual report on ESSER III progress and a complete strategic plan refresh

Community members who wanted additional information on ESSER III priorities are encouraged to explore the presentation from the CCSD Board of Trustees meeting from April 28. The presentation can be found here.

The original Focus on the Future for Kids Community Advisory Committee Final Synthesis Report dated August 26, 2021, can be found here.

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 05/12/2022

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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, May 12, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

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

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Graduation dress code and cultural, heritage, and identity-based graduation attire
  • Tardy policies
  • Change of School Assignment policies
  • Special interest group presence at school board meetings
  • Teacher and support staff requests from administration
  • Water bottle refilling stations
  • Mental health services in schools
  • Appropriateness of reading material
  • AB 469 compliance and coordination
  • Student voice at school board meetings
  • Respect and trust between support staff and administration

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (6-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on the agreement with United Citizens Foundation, warrants, unified personnel employment, licensed personnel employment, purchase orders, various facilities items, expulsions, an agreement between CCSD and 100 Academy of Excellence, purchasing awards, and the employment agreement of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Trustees Received an Update on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan on Chronic Absenteeism

Trustees received a presentation and discussed chronic absenteeism as part of CCSD’s Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan. Chronic absenteeism is defined as the total percentage of students who are absent for 10% or more of their enrolled days. The chronic absenteeism rate is continuing to increase, and the district is currently off-target for overall results and status. Other peer districts are seeing similar trends.

Challenges include distance education and distance reporting; successes include partners willing to support chronic absenteeism reduction initiatives and targeted support during school closures. Next steps include continuing student focus group feedback sessions, reviewing the Truancy Prevention Outreach Program in June 2022, and continuing to provide professional learning for clerks and registrars to better understand the attendance coding process.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received an Update on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan on Student Safety

Trustees received a presentation and discussed student safety as it relates to the Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan. Student safety is measured by positive responses on four Districtwide Survey items. The board previously approved implementing the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to promote academic achievement, social-emotional growth, and behavioral development.

The survey shows an increase in perceived safety during distance learning in the 2020-2021 school year. For the 2021-2022 school year, the district is falling short on elementary, middle, and high school targets. Challenges include the return to face-to-face learning; successes include an increase in survey participation and results consistent with pre-COVID-19 results across all grade bands. Next steps include analyzing survey results and revising the school performance plan based on the Districtwide Survey results, emphasizing the student code of conduct, districtwide MTSS professional learning this summer, and new resources and student communication materials.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received and Discussed the Five Year Charter School Site Evaluation Report and Presentation

Trustees received the Five Year Charter School Site Evaluation Report, as required by NRS 388A.223, which requires a sponsor of a charter school to conduct site evaluations of each campus that it sponsors during the first, third, and fifth years after entering or renewing their charter contract. CCSD-sponsored charter schools are now in their fifth year of a six-year performance contract.

Staff reviewed performance of each of the district-sponsored charter schools using metrics in academic, financial, and organizational performance, and rated each metric as “meets standards,” “does not meet standards,” or “falls below standards.” Schools found to have deficiencies were issued notices depending on the severity of the deficiency. Each school’s performance was summarized in the report and accompanying presentation, available below.

Explore the report and the presentation.

Trustees Opened Sealed Bids, Called for Oral Bids, and Adopted a Resolution of Acceptance of Bid for Property Site #064.02 – Rancho Destino Rd. & East Frias Ave. (6-0)

The District received one sealed bid for the sale of the property located at Rancho Destino Rd. and East Frias Ave. There were no oral bids submitted.

Trustees accepted the $530,000 written bid, made by St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission – Las Vegas Real Estate Trust.

Explore the resolution.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding Article 16-9 (6-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement drafted by CCASAPE and CCSD to modify the contract language in Article 16-9, Executive Manager, Superintendent’s Office, to the current effective day of July 1, 2019 to December 1, 2021.

Explore the fiscal impact summary and the Memorandum of Agreement.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding 11-Month School Principals (6-0)

Trustees approved a new Memorandum of Agreement drafted by CCASAPE and CCSD to modify contract language to change all current 11-month contracts for school principals to 12-month contracts, with an effective date of July 1, 2022. The fiscal impact of this Memorandum of Agreement is approximately $4.1 million.

Explore the fiscal impact summary and the Memorandum of Agreement.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Equity in administration and leadership roles within the district

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for May 16, 2022 @ 5:30pm. This will be a special board meeting regarding adoption of the final budget. The next regular Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2022 @ 5:00pm. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 4/28/2022

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, April 28, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda and the addendum to the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on Facebook or CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding: 

  • Student safety
  • Restorative justice in schools
  • Teacher pay and retention
  • Recent incidents of school violence and harassment
  • Proposed start time revisions for high schools
  • Student discipline measures

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (5-2)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Members of the public provided comments on student expulsions, contract awards, recommendations of the Sex Education Advisory Committee, Distance Education program renewal, non-renewal of probationary unified and licensed contracts, critical labor shortages, the Magnet Schools Assistance Program, and a right-of-entry item for NV Energy at Western High School.

Trustees Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved a New Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees Regarding Extra-Pay for a 12-Month Administrator with Additional Responsibilities (7-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved a new Memorandum of Agreement regarding extra-pay for a 12-month administrator to be on-call for CCSD’s Connection Line support program from April 2 – August 7, 2022. This Memorandum allows the extra pay of $1,762.88.

Explore the Memorandum of Agreement and fiscal impacts of the Memorandum.

Trustees Heard an Update on Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) III

Staff presented an update on federal funding relief allocated to CCSD under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. ESSER III funds were enacted in March 2021 in the amount of $777,849,496 for continued pandemic relief and recovery. Staff reported that it is on time regarding implementation and plan refresh. Spending priorities have been summarized below, and additional details regarding priority areas, related budgets, and success metrics were shared on student success; teachers, principals, and staff; COVID-19 mitigation and other costs; balanced governance and leadership; and parent and community support.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Discussed the Implementation of the Reorganization of CCSD and Compliance with NRS 388G and Passed a Motion to Establish an AB 469 Subcommittee (5-2)

Trustees discussed possible action regarding the implementation of reorganizing CCSD and compliance with NRS 388G, after the most recent Nevada Board of Education meeting, where language revisions were moved forward to a workshop period.

Trustees discussed ideas to bring the district into compliance and align with these changes as they progress. A suggestion to form a board subcommittee to monitor compliance was brought forward, including discussion on possible composition of that committee, increasing transparency and communication regarding compliance, and ensuring the public has an opportunity to provide feedback to the subcommittee and Board.

The Board passed a motion forming the subcommittee to review AB 469 implementation and ensure any new district policies relating to AB 469 either meet or exceed the conditions and terms of AB 469, noting that any proposed policies must come to the full Board for adoption.

Explore the proposed NRS and NAC language revisions as presented at the April 21 Nevada State Board of Education meeting.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Autism awareness
  • Special education
  • Student and school safety
  • School board etiquette

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for May 12, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 4/21/22

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, April 21, 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: 

  • Teacher and support staff recruitment, retention, and pay
  • The impact of AB 469 on teachers, support staff, and current employment agreements
  • AB 469 definitions

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Washoe County School Board is in the final process of selecting its next Superintendent of Public Schools, and the new superintendent will be announced next week.
  • Student safety concerns and the importance of providing resources for students who are experiencing stress, trauma, and mental health issues were also highlighted.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Safety, Mental, and Behavioral Needs of Nevada Students and Educators Roundtables were held. Discussions included protections for employees and students, misconceptions regarding restorative justice, and student discipline measures related to safety issues.
  • Twenty-five teams competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Thomas & Mack Center, in a statewide competition. Some students are participating in the national competition in Texas.
  • SPCSA appointment applications are due in by May 13 and can be found here.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Heard an Update on Ratios of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel

The Board heard an update on ratios of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) and the implementation of requirements in Senate Bill (SB) 89 (2019), SB 151 (2021), and SB 352 (2021). The presentation explained the update to the ratios (SB 89 and 151) and some of the strategies and policies to help increase the number of support personnel in schools.

Clark County and Washoe County are required to create reports on these ratios, and baseline ratios were reported from the 2019 and 2020 school years. There is still work to be done to reach these ratios within these school districts across the board, with a decline in social workers and an uptick in school noted by staff.

Efforts to improve SISP ratios include differing revenue streams to support hiring and developing these positions. Staff are also looking at more diversified revenue streams to fund these positions.

Explore the presentation, which includes baseline numbers, ratios, and reporting.

Board Approved Teach Nevada Scholarship Awards

The Board received a presentation on current available funds for Teach Nevada scholarship awards and requests. Available funds for 2023 allocations are $2.4 million. They are proposing two award phases in the fiscal year to allow for better planning and scholarship distribution. 2022 carryover funds, as well as rebalanced funds, will be requested in the fall. Two options were presented for awards during this meeting, and board approved the second option.

Explore the presentation.

Board Heard an Update on Educator Recruitment Needs and Efforts

The Board received presentations from Data Insight Partners and EdLiFE on educator retention and attrition, national education workforce trends, and statewide efforts on educator recruitment and retention.

Data Insight Partners presented on educator retention and attrition and workforce trends. It is estimated that 3,000 more teachers are needed in Nevada, based on recommended class sizes. Comparing Nevada’s student-teacher ratios with national averages, this is a conservative estimate, as approximately 9 in 10 students are in a larger-than-recommended class size.

In the last two years, staff separations have accelerated later in the school year (April – July). Teachers this year are leaving at a faster pace earlier in the school year, with 1,156 teacher/licensed staff separations between August and March of this school year (comparatively, in 2020-21, there were 824 separations, and in 2019-20, there were 781 separations). Teacher recruitment nationwide is expected to be competitive.

The work ahead identified is understanding trends, pipeline, and obstacles moving forward; building the data infrastructure; monitoring access to experienced teachers; and improving the ability to predict future demand.

EdLiFE staff presented on efforts underway to expand and increase the diversity of Nevada’s education workforce, recruitment, and retention efforts.

Explore the Data Insight Partners presentation and the EdLiFE presentation.

Board Received an Update on Implementation of AB 469, and Approved Items for Regulation Workshops

The Board received a presentation on national non-compliance policies and practices related to state takeovers, possible non-compliance regulatory language, and revisions of other language as mandated by AB 469, as brought forth from the AB 469 Subcommittee.

Four possible NAC 388G draft regulation changes were discussed:

  1. Possible regulatory language changes regarding the non-compliance policy for large school districts, including the appointment of a compliance monitor. Additional language changes include the monitor having the requisite skills that align to the deficiencies of the district, conditions of the receivership, and the resources and compensation of the monitor.
  2. Possible regulatory language changes on dispute resolution processes
  3. Proposed changes to language that specifically outline the school district’s responsibility to mandatory training on provisions of NRS 388G.500-388G.810.
  4. Additional clarity on defining staff that is evaluated by the principal or principal’s staff as included in Subsection 2 of NRS 388G.610.

After discussion, the proposed language on non-compliance policy/consequences (with changes), dispute resolution revision, training language, and the definition of “other staff under the direct supervision of the principal” were approved to move forward.

The next steps will be to have these proposed regulations go to regulation workshops, and then be presented back to the Board for a formal hearing. Upon approval, these changes would be sent to the Legislative Commission for final review and adoption.

Explore the proposed language and presentation.

Future Agenda Items

Suggestions for future agenda items regarding mental health and student safety were discussed.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Support staff development and certificate programs
  • Student and staff safety
  • Bus driver professional pathways


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