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? The SPCSA sponsors and oversees public charter schools across the State of Nevada. The Authority consists of nine 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? SPCSA members meet once monthly– on Fridays.
Click here for SPCSA meeting schedule and materials.
Can community members engage at SPCSA Board Meetings? All meetings are 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). Members of the public are invited to attend at either location. A time for public comment is provided at the conclusion of each agenda item and at the conclusion of each Board meeting. There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Members of the community providing testimony must fill out a visitor card, available on-site the day of the meeting.
Alternatively, public comment may be submitted in writing at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting
What happened at this meeting?
Board Approved Litigation Dismissal and Contract Renewal for Nevada Connections Academy
SPCSA staff shared updates and recommendations regarding the resolution of Nevada Connections Academy v. Nevada State Public Charter School Authority.
The SPCSA board denied an application for the contract renewal of Nevada Connections Academy’s middle and high schools, which resulted in litigation against the SPCSA. SPCSA staff recommended that the litigation be resolved with approval of a three-year contract for Nevada Connections Academy high school. The Nevada Connections Academy elementary and middle schools will close at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Under the new contract, the school’s enrollment will be capped at 850 students, with an enrollment freeze for 11th and 12th-grade students. If the school receives a 1-star rating on the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) for either the 2020-2021 or the 2021-2022 school year, the school must close.
Click here to see the settlement agreement.
Click here to see a recommendations memo.
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