Nevada Ed-Watch: 09/01/22

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, September 1, 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: 

  • College and Career Readiness RFP assessment process
  • Educator and other staff vacancies

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Applications and nominations are open for the 2023 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees Award. Nominations close September 19, 2022, and awardees will be recognized in October.
  • The President welcomed new board member Joseph Arrascada, who will be the Nevada System of Higher Education representative on the Board.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Deputy Superintendent Jessica Todtman is transitioning out of her current role. Dr. Seng-Dao Yang-Keo has transitioned to the Washoe County School District. Craig Statucki is the new Interim Deputy Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness, and Dr. Jose Silva will serve as the new Chief Strategy Officer.
  • There will be a meeting to discuss possible updates to the Pupil-Centered Funding Plan Update on September 2, at 9:00 a.m. The group is currently finalizing recommendations and will publish those findings by November 15. Auxiliary services, inflation, Nevada cost of education index, funding for virtual schools, and dual enrollment are part of the discussion.
  • The Interim Legislative Committee on Education met this week and discussed several items, including teacher recruitment and retention, Career and Technical Education dual credit pilots for underserved students, capacity building for social-emotional supports and mental health, expansion of school psychologist training programs, addressing chronic absenteeism, pre-K ages, wraparound services for apprenticeship programs, and competency-based education, among others.
  • Information regarding the End of Course Assessment Regulation Workshop will be brought to the October 6 Board meeting.
  • Two recipients were awarded the Early Childhood Educator of the Year honors, based on a nomination, application, and interview process: Carl Estevan from UNLV/CSUN Preschool, and Bonnie Toth from Kids Co-op Preschool.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

The FY22 Quarter 3 Class Size Reduction Report was pulled from the consent agenda and will be heard at the October board meeting.

Board Discussed an Update on the Work of the Commission on Professional Standards in Education

The Board received a summary of the Commission on Professional Standards in Education’s (COPS) 2021 Report, and an overview of ongoing efforts to ensure equitable and high-quality pathways to licensure. The Department is researching best practices for alternate licensure pathways, and is soliciting stakeholders to take part in a work group on implementation of these pathways.

The Commission also made regulations that supported accelerated pathways for educator and school psychology candidates to complete student teaching and internship requirements for licensure, as well as regulations that determine continuing education requirement for school counselors and school psychologists, with public hearings expected for both this fall. Several other regulations on items, including renewal requirements, English Language Acquisition coursework, exam requirements for occupational and physical therapists, and field experiences for paraprofessionals and interns, are pending public hearing. The Commission is also exploring reciprocity to streamline licensure for out-of-state and active duty licensees.

COPS held a special meeting in July to request the Governor take emergency action to address educator workforce shortages for the 2022-2023 school year. Governor Sisolak recently signed emergency action to give the Superintendent authority to extend certain provisional licenses (impacting about 600 educators), and reduced licensure fees for substitute and emergency substitute teachers.

Explore the presentation and the 2021 annual report.

Board Discussed an Update on the Work of the Holocaust and Other Genocides Subcommittee

The subcommittee explored what is occurring in Holocaust and other genocide instruction, how such instruction could be enhanced, and recommendations to the Board for resources, professional learning, and possible legislative recommendations.

Currently occurring are regional conferences and learning opportunities both in-person and in virtual settings, including a Holocaust education panel at UNLV, and LEA-specific professional learning. Potential enhancements include developing a needs assessment survey on demographics, resources currently being used and what would be valuable to supporting instructions; building supports for educators, families, and students; curating resources and developing crosswalks of ELA, fine arts, and social studies to address the Holocaust and other genocides; and developing on-demand professional learning modules. Legislative recommendations will be discussed during the subcommittee’s September 8 meeting.

Explore the presentation.

Board Rejected a Recommendation of the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP Process

The Board reviewed the presentation on the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP process and the resulting recommendation, previously given at the July 2022 Board meeting. The RFP sought a qualified vendor to administer a CCR assessment to all students enrolled in Grade 11, including development, delivery, administration, scoring, and reporting services. The initial term is four years, from FY 2023-2026, with an option to extend into FY 2027-2028.

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

The Committee’s recommendation was to award Data Recognition Corporation and its Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) to move forward with the vendor selection process.  Since the meeting, concerns have been voiced about equity, as the ACT is currently offered at no cost to all students, as well as the post-secondary accessibility opportunities of the ACT.

The Board voted to reject this RFP recommendation and reopen the bidding process.

Explore the recommendation presentation and RFP from July’s board meeting, as well as the final score summary and evaluator comments.

Board Discussed the 82nd Legislative Session

The Board proposed putting forth a position statement from the Board of Education to the Legislature to stress the importance and need for additional funding to the Nevada education system.

Discussion about the adequacy of funding plans, funding gaps needed to ensure adequate and optimal funding, and involving stakeholder groups, such as school districts, municipalities, and business organizations, followed. Staff will draft a statement with input from the Board; that statement will be brought to the Board for approval at its October 6 meeting.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R066-22 – Creating Regulatory Language for the Requirements of Minutes in a School Day in Session for Kindergarten (NAC 387.131)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved Regulation #R066-22, increasing the requirement of kindergarten in-session minutes from 120 to 240 minutes per day.

Explore the regulation language and public hearing materials here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R068-22 – Prescribing Requirements With Which a Recipient of a Grant to Fund a Prekindergarten Program Must Comply (NRS 387.652)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved Regulation #R068-22, which added a new section to detail requirements of a recipient of a grant for a prekindergarten program, including collaborating with providers of community-based services to meet the needs of families of pupils; health care screenings; referrals for services and resources; maintaining records; creating and implementing a system to assess progress; and administering an annual survey to evaluate each family’s experience with the program.

Explore the regulation language and public hearing materials here.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items will include an update on workforce development and follow-up from the College and Career Readiness Assessment RFP agenda item. The student board representative will obtain feedback from peers on future topics students may want to have discussed at upcoming meetings. A potential joint meeting of the Nevada System of Higher Education and the Nevada State Board of Education may be scheduled on October 14, 2022.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • Use of the ACT as the standardized high school CCR assessment

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/25/22

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, August 25, 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:

  • IEP concerns
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) scholarship programs
  • Playground accessibility and special education status
  • Educator concerns regarding retaliation
  • High school enrollment
  • Early teacher retirement incentive program suspension
  • Student discipline
  • Teacher retention
  • Traffic safety concerns on College Dr. and Wagonwheel Dr.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Discussed Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan Update on Chronic Absenteeism

Staff presented an update on chronic absenteeism with reporting from the 2021-2022 school year. These numbers are not yet validated but will be done so by September 15, 2022. The District’s overall chronic absenteeism rate at 39.8% for the 2021-22 school year, against a target of 16.9%. Identified challenges include distance education and absence reporting, and identified successes include supportive partners on reducing absenteeism, targeted support during school closure, and consistent public reporting. Next steps include differentiated attendance reporting professional learning and Truancy Prevention Outreach Program renewal in August 2022.

Explore the presentation.

Learn more from the Las Vegas Review-Journal on this agenda item.

Trustees Accepted the Report on the Proposed State Public Charter School Authority Sponsored Public Charter Schools for the 2022 Annual Application Cycle

The State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) notifies the Department of Education and the local school district when they receive a notice of intent to submit an application or an application. The SPCSA submitted four applications for its annual application cycle for CCSD’s review: Mind Your Books (Grades K-8), Rooted School – Clark County (Grades 9-12), Southern Nevada Trades High School (Grades 9-12), and The Village High School (Grades 9-12).

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved Two Bill Draft Requests for the 2023 Legislative Session

CCSD is able to submit two Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) ahead of the 2023 Legislative Session. These requests must be submitted to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Trustees discussed several topics for possible BDRs, including eliminating Student Learning Growth submissions for teachers, addressing teacher shortages, creating a district-wide Social Emotional Learning peer support program, changing sex education statutes for instruction to be opt-out rather than opt-in, implementation of various school safety measures, and establishing standards and qualifications for education-related oversight boards.

Trustees approved addressing the statewide teacher shortage through improving wages and working conditions, nationwide license reciprocity, paid application fees, higher education pipeline program funding, etc. as a BDR topic for the 2023 Legislative Session on a 7-0 vote. Trustees then approved to establish standards and qualifications for all education-related oversight boards, such as school board trustees and the Board of Regents, as the second BDR topic for the 2023 Legislative Session, on a 4-3 vote.

Explore the potential bill draft requests.

Trusteed Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the 2022 Medium-Term Bond Authorization Resolution (7-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved the 2022 Medium-Term Bond Authorization Resolution, authorizing the sale and issuance of medium-term obligations in an amount not to exceed $35,000,000 to finance all or a portion of the cost of acquiring, improving, and equipping school facilities.

Explore the public hearing notice and resolution.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Board transparency
  • Parent engagement

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/23/22

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


Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of 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.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

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 or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Item 2.13: Approval to Purchase Student Devices was pulled from the Consent Agenda for separate discussion and vote and passed on a separate vote.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Approved a Proposal for a Bill Draft Request for the 2023 Legislative Session

The District can submit one bill draft request (BDR) each legislative session, and the request for the 2023 Legislative Session is due to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Staff proposed a BDR that focuses on modernizing educational statutes to allow for innovation and to strengthen system-level coherence and alignment across the education system. A core feature of the proposed BDR will be creating a long-term commission and work groups to study educational statutes and provide recommendations and areas of prioritization, as well as opportunities to streamline, modernize, and increase efficiency of statutes to serve students and schools. The proposed BDR will encompass four core tenets: innovation, system-level coherence and alignment, evidence-based interventions and outcomes, and reducing burden and streamlining work across the district.

Trustees Adopted Board Resolution 22-013, A 2022C School Improvement Bond Resolution

Trustees adopted a resolution that would authorize up to $40,000,000 in general obligation bonds for District capital projects, to be used to finance the FY2023 Capital Renewal Program. This program includes rehabilitation and repairs at schools, including flooring, signage, fire alarm systems, plumbing, repaving, and other projects. The funds are budgeted.

Explore the resolution and the Preliminary Official Statement.

Trustees Reviewed a Video from the First Day of School

Staff introduced a video highlighting different experiences from the first day of the 2022-2023 school year.

New Principals Were Introduced to the Trustees

Trustees were introduced to new principals in the District.

Trustees Approved the School Expansion Request of Coral Academy of Science

Trustees approved a request from Coral Academy of Science for a charter amendment to facilitate the school’s expansion at 1595 Sky Mountain Drive in Reno, as well as a purchase option agreement and form of bond purchase agreement. This approval followed several meetings between Coral Academy and the District to alleviate concerns about enrollment, facilities, and financial liabilities. Following these meetings, staff recommended approval of the charter amendment based on several conditions to be met by the Coral Academy of Science team.

View the presentation and the term sheet agreement.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative’s report highlights included:

  • First day of school activities
  • Student Advisory Council to reconvene in September

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Participating in several schools’ first day celebrations and activities
  • Aviation Day coming up on September 24 for aviation industry careers
  • A back-to-school expo welcoming hundreds of students and families for supplies and resources
  • A teacher supply distribution event that welcomed 750 teachers
  • Participating in the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Governing Board
  • Attending a community meeting of the African-American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Excitement around the first day of school
  • Continuing to visit schools in the district as part of her entry plan
  • Gratitude for the hard work the staff has done in ensuring a strong start of the school year
  • Participation in upcoming meetings of the Student Advisory Council
  • Upcoming sports season and new field dedication at Hug High School
  • Reminder that the first town hall will be held August 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Reno High School

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Student data collection tools
  • Student test scores

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 13, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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