Nevada Ed-Watch 6/4/20

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The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2020 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. 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.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, June 4, 2020
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony via email submission regarding: 

  • Support for approval of lower student-to-counselor and student-to-school psychologist ratios 
  • Concerns about a lack of access to Advanced Placement courses for students 
  • Support for ensuring that plans to return to school provide options for parents, teachers, and students

President’s Report

President Wynn shared her gratitude for the resilience among the education community at this time, and shared that the State Board of Education and the Nevada Department of Education are developing a statement regarding the murder of George Floyd. Additionally, President Wynn shared well wishes for the graduating class of 2020. 

Superintendent’s Report

State Superintendent Ebert report highlights:

  • The Commission on School Funding continues to meet regularly
  • Legislative Committee on Education Update 
  • State Budget Status
  • COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Board Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Board Heard Updates about the Statewide Response to COVID-19 

Summary of Updates:

Updates on the Department of Education Reopening Our Schools Committee

  • The Committee began meeting in May, tasked with creating a framework for the reopening of school buildings in consideration of public health guidance and best practice resources. The Department expects to release the framework in June. Click here to see the presentation.  

Updates on the Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative 

  • The Collaborative is building an infrastructure to expand access to high-quality content and learning experiences. The Board directed Department staff to ensure that the Collaborative membership is diverse in terms of both race and expertise. 

Updates from School Districts

  • Clark County highlights
    • CCSD has served 3 million meals at school distribution sites, and appropriated federal budget dollars to purchase and deploy 47,000 ChromeBook devices. 
    • Throughout the summer, CCSD will offer summer learning extension opportunities, summer school, and summer learning with community partners. 
    • CCSD anticipates deploying MAP Growth Assessments immediately upon students’ return to school to assess the severity of learning loss that occurred from school closures and the shift to digital learning. CCSD anticipates releasing their plan for reopening by June 30th. 

Click here to download the presentation. 

  • Washoe County highlights
    • WCSD’s reopening workgroup consists of 50 members (including parents and teachers) who are meeting twice per week. The workgroup developed guiding principles for the district’s response to the pandemic, including ensuring student and family basic needs are met, and that decisions rest on a foundation of “do no harm.” WCSD anticipates a finalized plan for school reopening in early July.  

Click here to download the presentation. 

  • Douglas County highlights
    • In addition to the deployment of devices to each student, DCSD launched virtual professional development to help educators navigate online delivery tools. 
    • A special education delivery plan was developed using Google Classroom to support students with special needs. 

Click here to see the presentation. 

  • Eureka County highlights
    • ECSD serves approximately 350 students that span across approximately 120 miles in rural Nevada. While providing technology devices was the biggest challenge to transitioning the district to online learning, as well as the lack of broadband infrastructure in Eureka and Crescent Valley communities. Additionally, ECSD partners with the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe in remote rural Nevada to share services. 

Click here to see the presentation

Updates from the Nevada Department of Agriculture 

  • The Nevada Department of Agriculture is working with districts to ensure continued access to meal services for students. 
  • Food service waivers allowed districts to create non-traditional food distribution methods to ensure social distancing and other safety measures were in place. The waivers expire on June 30th, but the Nevada Department of Agriculture is seeking an extension so meals can continue through the summer. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Updates from the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology

  • The Governor’s office of Science, Innovation and Technology is supporting school districts to procure technological devices and internet access for students. Currently, 20% (or 100,000) students still do not have a device. Additionally, they are anticipating additional federal funding to expand internet access throughout the state. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Board Discussed the Statewide Plan for Improvement of Pupils (STIP)

The STIP came before the board for approval, however the Board chose to defer voting to allow time for review of the plan for consistency of language, while also ensuring the plan adequately addresses the needs of marginalized students. The STIP will come back before the Board during the July meeting. 

STIP Goals: 

  1. All children, birth through third grade, have access to quality early care and education 
  2. All students have access to effective educators 
  3. All students experience continued academic growth 
  4. All students graduate future-ready and globally prepared for post secondary success and civic life 
  5. All students have access to new and continued educational opportunities supported by funding that is administered transparently, consistently, and in accordance with legislative or grant guidelines 
  6. All students and adults learn and work together in safe schools where identities and relationships are valued and celebrated 

Click here to view the plan. 

Click here to view the presentation.

Requests for future agenda items: 

  • Update on the comparison between the Nevada Plan and Student Centered Funding Plan 
  • Presentation on Recruitment and retention of teachers of color 
  • Presentation on the Educator Perspective Report 
  • Ongoing updates regarding the district reopening plans

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The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00AM. Click here to see the 2020 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. 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.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, June 4, 2020
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided testimony via email submission regarding: 

  • Support for approval of lower student-to-counselor and student-to-school psychologist ratios 
  • Concerns about a lack of access to Advanced Placement courses for students 
  • Support for ensuring that plans to return to school provide options for parents, teachers, and students

President’s Report

President Wynn shared her gratitude for the resilience among the education community at this time, and shared that the State Board of Education and the Nevada Department of Education are developing a statement regarding the murder of George Floyd. Additionally, President Wynn shared well wishes for the graduating class of 2020. 

Superintendent’s Report

State Superintendent Ebert report highlights:

  • The Commission on School Funding continues to meet regularly
  • Legislative Committee on Education Update 
  • State Budget Status
  • COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Board Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Board Heard Updates about the Statewide Response to COVID-19 

Summary of Updates:

Updates on the Department of Education Reopening Our Schools Committee

  • The Committee began meeting in May, tasked with creating a framework for the reopening of school buildings in consideration of public health guidance and best practice resources. The Department expects to release the framework in June. Click here to see the presentation.  

Updates on the Nevada Digital Learning Collaborative 

  • The Collaborative is building an infrastructure to expand access to high-quality content and learning experiences. The Board directed Department staff to ensure that the Collaborative membership is diverse in terms of both race and expertise. 

Updates from School Districts

  • Clark County highlights
    • CCSD has served 3 million meals at school distribution sites, and appropriated federal budget dollars to purchase and deploy 47,000 ChromeBook devices. 
    • Throughout the summer, CCSD will offer summer learning extension opportunities, summer school, and summer learning with community partners. 
    • CCSD anticipates deploying MAP Growth Assessments immediately upon students’ return to school to assess the severity of learning loss that occurred from school closures and the shift to digital learning. CCSD anticipates releasing their plan for reopening by June 30th. 

Click here to download the presentation. 

  • Washoe County highlights
    • WCSD’s reopening workgroup consists of 50 members (including parents and teachers) who are meeting twice per week. The workgroup developed guiding principles for the district’s response to the pandemic, including ensuring student and family basic needs are met, and that decisions rest on a foundation of “do no harm.” WCSD anticipates a finalized plan for school reopening in early July.  

Click here to download the presentation. 

  • Douglas County highlights
    • In addition to the deployment of devices to each student, DCSD launched virtual professional development to help educators navigate online delivery tools. 
    • A special education delivery plan was developed using Google Classroom to support students with special needs. 

Click here to see the presentation. 

  • Eureka County highlights
    • ECSD serves approximately 350 students that span across approximately 120 miles in rural Nevada. While providing technology devices was the biggest challenge to transitioning the district to online learning, as well as the lack of broadband infrastructure in Eureka and Crescent Valley communities. Additionally, ECSD partners with the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe in remote rural Nevada to share services. 

Click here to see the presentation

Updates from the Nevada Department of Agriculture 

  • The Nevada Department of Agriculture is working with districts to ensure continued access to meal services for students. 
  • Food service waivers allowed districts to create non-traditional food distribution methods to ensure social distancing and other safety measures were in place. The waivers expire on June 30th, but the Nevada Department of Agriculture is seeking an extension so meals can continue through the summer. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Updates from the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology

  • The Governor’s office of Science, Innovation and Technology is supporting school districts to procure technological devices and internet access for students. Currently, 20% (or 100,000) students still do not have a device. Additionally, they are anticipating additional federal funding to expand internet access throughout the state. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Board Discussed the Statewide Plan for Improvement of Pupils (STIP)

The STIP came before the board for approval, however the Board chose to defer voting to allow time for review of the plan for consistency of language, while also ensuring the plan adequately addresses the needs of marginalized students. The STIP will come back before the Board during the July meeting. 

STIP Goals: 

  1. All children, birth through third grade, have access to quality early care and education 
  2. All students have access to effective educators 
  3. All students experience continued academic growth 
  4. All students graduate future-ready and globally prepared for post secondary success and civic life 
  5. All students have access to new and continued educational opportunities supported by funding that is administered transparently, consistently, and in accordance with legislative or grant guidelines 
  6. All students and adults learn and work together in safe schools where identities and relationships are valued and celebrated 

Click here to view the plan. 

Click here to view the presentation.

Requests for future agenda items: 

  • Update on the comparison between the Nevada Plan and Student Centered Funding Plan 
  • Presentation on Recruitment and retention of teachers of color 
  • Presentation on the Educator Perspective Report 
  • Ongoing updates regarding the district reopening plans

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