Nevada Ed-Watch: 05/12/2022

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 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 3/25/21

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 Las Vegas Academy of the Arts High School, Lowden Theater: 875 E. Clark Avenue Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101

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 submitted by email 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, March 25, 2021

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public commented in-person, through voice recorded messages, and written public comment on non-agenda items regarding: 

  • Concerns about the health and safety of teachers and specialists returning to school buildings
  • Concerns that an agreement for specialists that facilitate Art, Music, Library, P.E., S.T.E.A.M., etc. is not being honored by CCSD 
  • Concerns that specialists are not being allowed to follow an MOA to teach in their content areas
  • Concerns that the district’s policy of random, mandatory COVID-19 testing limits access to testing for some staff
  • Concerns about employee morale
  • Concerns that an anti-racism and anti-bias policy has not been added to a CCSD Trustee meeting agenda
  • The need to address racial issues and restoration in West Las Vegas 
  • Support for the Nevada Legislature and Trustees to take action on anti-racism policies
  • The need for suicide prevention in the community
  • Concerns that the district is billing Medicaid for services to students that have not been rendered, and a request for an audit on Medicaid billing

Click here & here to view public comments submitted online.

Trustees Approved Consent Agenda With Adjustments

Trustees approved the consent agenda (6-0) with the deletion of agenda item 3.03 regarding Professional Services: Title IV, Part A Grant, Nevada Department of Education. One trustee was not present to vote.

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

  • Addendum to the Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and Eye Care 4 Kids to extend access to school-based vision services to siblings under 18 years of age who reside with students enrolled in CCSD
  • Authorization to accept additional grant funding for The Social Workers in Schools grant project in the amount of $3,451,747.57 from the Nevada Department of Education to provide added social work and mental health support services to schools for a total grant amount of $17,193,033.37 
  • Purchase awards totaling $2,151,531.32
  • Authorization to extend the Contract for Services for Thunder Road Productions/Commercial Talent Agency to host 20 episodes of the Vegas PBS series Outdoor Nevada 

Trustees Heard Update on 2021 Budget 

The 2021 Amended Final Budget forecast has not changed since the Board was last updated at the February meeting. The forecast focuses on the ending fund balance which indicates CCSD’s anticipated reserves. Additional budget updates include:

  • Revenues have declined due to a decrease in enrollment and this has been taken into consideration for the budget.
  • CCSD is experiencing significant savings in all areas, including payroll, supplies, and services. This is primarily in school budgets–school carryover supplies, service level agreements (SLAs), and vacancy savings are now anticipated to be approximately just over $200 million in restricted fund balance.
  • The potential revenue shortfall due to lower than anticipated costs throughout the year is approximately $43.3 million. 
  • The unassigned fund balance is still at $54.3 million which is 2.25% of the revenues.

The district still anticipates significant fiscal impacts due to the pandemic. Uncertainties related to COVID-19’s impact on the budget persevere, including possible impacts of a recession and enrollment uncertainties. State funding reductions have been incorporated into the budget for this year, with additional anticipated changes going into next year.

CCSD has been allocated approximately $374 million through ESSER II federal funding. The district is working to prioritize the use of those funds in anticipation of any funding changes from the state as well as address additional needs related to COVID-19 and reopening schools.

CCSD has not received a final allocation for the newest round of federal funding through the American Rescue Act. Trustees will be provided with an update when more information on those funds becomes available.

Click here to view the budget update presentation.

Board Heard Update on Proposed Charter Schools

Trustees heard a briefing on the collaborative efforts between the State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) and CCSD. The genesis of this collaborative effort was the passage of Assembly Bill 462 in 2019 which mandates that the SPCSA collaborate with districts in which they are planning to place or expand charter schools. Under the bill, the SPCSA must notify the district when the following occurs:

  • A group of individuals submits an Intent to Apply to become a charter school
  • A group of individuals submits an application to operate a charter school
  • A school that is currently in operation submits a request to the SPCSA to amend its current charter contract

SCPSA assesses proposed schools based on six criteria: Demographics, Academic Geographics, Social-Emotional, Academic Learning Models, Financial Plan, and Successful History. Schools must meet standards in all six categories to receive approval to operate a charter school in Nevada.  In February 2021, SPCSA provided applications to CCSD for review and feedback on the following proposed public charter schools:

  • Battle Born Academy
  • PilotED Schools of Nevada
  • OLAM Academy of Nevada (OLAM Academy has recently withdrawn its application for consideration. CCSD anticipates that OLAM will reapply in one year.)

CCSD will submit its assessment questionnaires back to the SCPSA this month. In April 2021, the SPCSA staff will submit its recommendation to the SCPSA board for their approval or denial of the applications. In May 2021, the SPCSA will notify the public and the Nevada Department of Education regarding its decisions.

Trustees approved a motion (6-0) accepting a recommendation not to approve the proposed charter school applications. One trustee was not present to vote.

Click here to view the presentation.

Trustees Approved Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 6150 Regarding Instructional Materials and Services

The CCSD K-12 Literacy and Language Development Department convened a task force representing all regions and Trustee districts to provide recommendations for the amendment of Regulation 6150, which provides guidance on the selection and provision of instructional materials and services. The task force is made up of region superintendents, school associate superintendents, principals, teachers, teacher librarians, and central office staff, including the Office of General Counsel, Human Resources, and the Equity and Diversity Education Committee.

Reasons for amendment of Regulation 6150 include:

  • Clarification of ambiguous language defining instructional materials
  • Better defined procedures for the selection of supplemental textbooks
  • The need to address school library staffing, reporting, and resources as approved in the amendment of CCSD Regulation 6161

Members of the public submitted comment in support of Regulation 6150.

Trustees passed a motion (6-0) to approve the Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 6150. One trustee was not present to vote.

Click here to read the Notice of Intent.
Click here to read public comment on this agenda item.

Board Heard Update on 2021 Legislative Session

As of March 25, 2021, 799 bills have been introduced in the Nevada Legislature, of which CCSD is tracking 265. CCSD staff noted that the deadline for bill introductions has been extended past March 26. By April 9, all bills must pass the committee in the house in which they were introduced. District staff provided an overview of bills that have been introduced in their respective committees: 

  • Senate Bill 102: SB102 changes the date by which a child is required to be five years old to attend kindergarten.
  • Senate Bill 173: SB173 invites schools to submit a plan to address learning loss by offering free summer school to students.
  • Senate Bill 182: SB182 requires P.E. instruction to include activities scientifically shown to reduce obesity.
  • Senate Bill 202: SB202 requires school districts to count credits in computer coding as a foreign language credit.
  • Senate Bill 220: SB220 requires school districts to establish alternative education opportunities for students to receive elective course credits after the state has identified apprenticeship programs that have certain exemptions.
  • Senate Bill 272: SB272 establishes the Nevada Educator Core where NDE will form a database of available tutors to provide in-person or online tutoring for public schools.
  • Assembly Bill 67: AB67 makes some changes to the restorative justice bill passed in 2019.
  • Assembly Bill 194: AB194 seeks to address the timelines for students appealing a suspension or expulsion.
  • Assembly Bill 195: AB195 establishes an English Language Learner Bill of Rights.
  • Assembly Bill 215: AB215 allows a 17-year-old to earn a diploma through adult education if they attended high school for four years but were credit deficient.
  • Assembly Bill 262: AB262 grants in-state tuition for Native American students. 
  • Assembly Bill 265: AB265 provides an alternative route to licensure for the educational administrative pathway.
  • Assembly Bill 319: AB319 allows the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) to enter into a cooperative agreement with CCSD for a pilot program targeting populations in under-resourced communities for expanded opportunities in dual enrollment credit courses.

Trustees engaged in a dialogue with staff members on additional bills, including AB176, AB195, AB265, AB319, and AB364

Board Approves Resolution to Oppose Appointed School Boards

Assembly Bill 255 (2021) seeks to change the method by which the board of school trustees is chosen from an elected method to a hybrid elected and appointed method. Trustees approved a motion 6-0 opposing changes to the method by which the board of trustees is chosen. One trustee was not present to vote.

Click here to read the resolution.
Click here to read public comment on this agenda item.
Click here to read more about this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 7/10/20

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 5pm at the Edward A. Greer Education Center (Board Room): 2832 E. Flamingo Road, 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. Community members can sign up to speak after the agenda has been posted– by calling the Board Office at (702) 799-1072 at least 3 hours before the scheduled meeting, or signing up in-person at the beginning of the meeting. Prior to each agenda item being voted on, speakers can share their perspective after the Board’s discussion and prior to the vote.


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of the comments was provided to Trustees.

Public Comment

Members of the public submitted comments online. Public comment was not read directly into the record, and rather an oral summary of each comment was provided to Trustees.

Click the following to view posted public comment on agenda items. 

  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 2 – July 7
  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 7 – July 8
  • Click here to view public comment submitted between July 8 – July 9
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on July 9 between 10:00AM and 11:00AM
  • Click here to view public comment submitted on July 9 between 11:00AM and 12:00PM

There was no public comment provided on non-agenda items.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent Agenda Highlights: 

Trustees Approve Continuation of Services with NWEA (5-2)

The services include comprehensive school-based supports to implement the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth assessment to improve student achievement. This approval included acceptance of a private donation of $3.15 million dollars to fund the contract. Trustees discussed the need to review policies for accepting anonymous donations.

Click here to view the supplementary material

Trustees Approved School and Facility Name Updates 

CCSD policy allows for the renaming of school buildings under certain conditions, and allows for the naming of specific facilities within a school building. Trustees approved the following updates:  

  • Renaming of K.O. Knudsen Middle School to K.O. Knudsen Academy of the Arts
  • Renaming of Jo Mackey Elementary School to Jo Mackey iLead Academy for Digital Sciences 
  • Naming of the library at Carroll M. Johnston Middle School: Kelda’s Book Garden
  • Naming of the Community Room 102 at Vegas PBS: Yao Yuan Sze Community Room
  • Naming of the administrative office at Moapa Valley High School: Doc and Jean Moses Administrative Office
  • Naming of the cafeteria at C.C. Ronnow Elementary School: Ronaldo Cesa Cafeteria

Trustees Approved Three Year Charter School Site Evaluation Report 

Trustees approved the Three Year Report of Charter School Performance to be submitted to the Nevada Department of Education in compliance with NRS 388A.223. The report includes a summary of academic, financial, and organizational/operational ratings for each CCSD authorized public charter school. 

Click here to view the report 
Click here to view the presentation 

Trustees Approved Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Education Support Employees Association (ESEA)  

The MOA completes negotiations between CCSD and ESEA for the 2019-2021 contract years. Highlights of the MOA include: 

  • CCSD will provide duty-free time for all mandatory training.
  • CCSD will provide new employee information to the union. 
  • Changes to Progressive Discipline to provide that the progressive discipline process may start after the (current) twenty-five (25) day limitation if the infraction is considered to be serious. 

Click here to view the MOA

Trustees Approved CCSD’s 2021 Legislative Platform 

CCSD staff provided Trustees with an updated version of the Legislative Platform that included feedback provided by Trustees at the June 11, 2020 Board Meeting. The approved platform  covers priorities related to school funding, improved learning environments, school safety & mental health. 

Click here to view the approved legislative platform 

Trustees Discussed 2021 Bill Draft Requests

CCSD Trustees are allowed two Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) each regular biennial legislative session. Based on initial input by Trustees, CCSD staff proposed focusing on student mental health supports and internet connectivity. Each BDR proposal included items that will require additional funding. Trustees discussed the plausibility of submitting BDRs that require a fiscal note in a time of economic downturn in Nevada. CCSD staff will present the final bill drafts to trustees for approval at the August 13, 2020 meeting.

Click here to view the presentation

Trustees Heard an Update on the Clark County School Justice Partnership

Trustees were presented with an update on the Social Justice Partnership by the Chief of the Juvenile Division of the office of the Clark County District Attorney. The Clark County School Justice Partnership (SJP), approved August 23, 2018, is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CCSD, the Department of Juvenile Justice Services, and the District Attorney’s Office. The purpose of the SJP is to align multiple agencies in order to minimize student involvement with the juvenile justice system, reduce recidivism rates, and holistically address disproportionate punitive discipline for students of color. 

The SJP has been attributed to a 28% decrease in student arrests and citations and a 70% decrease in juvenile citations since the 2015-2016 school year.

Most common student referrals to the Juvenile Justice:

  1. Habitual truancy 
  2. Disturbing the peace
  3. Loitering on school grounds 
  4. Trespassing 
  5. Minor possession of alcohol 

Most common student offense charges: 

  1. Possession of a dangerous weapon 
  2. Other 
  3. Possession of controlled substance with intent to sell 
  4. Affray (fighting) 
  5. Battery 

Since 2017, charges for marijuana possession have increased by 8%, and obstruction of an officer performing their duty has increased by 55%. 

  • CCSD Staff Training: 1,005 administrators and licensed professionals within CCSD have begun training on implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), a layered framework by which students receive academic and behavioral services based on severity of need. An additional 224 licensed professionals and administrators engaged in training on the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), the behavior component of MTSS that increases behavior support for students based on severity of need.  Finally, approximately 12,000 school support staff, 16,000 licenced professionals, and 1,000 administrators engaged in implicit bias training. 
  • CCSD School Police Use of Force Policy: CCSD School Police’s use of force policy is guided by Supreme Court case law (Graham v. Connor) which stipulates that use of force is allowable by law enforcement with consideration of (1) the severity of crime, (2) whether there is an immediate threat to officers or others in proximity, or (3) if the suspect is actively resisting or evading arrest. CCSD School Police report that the use of force represents .1% of interactions. A representative of the CCSD School Police noted that officers have never been trained in utilizing chokeholds as a deescalation technique. 

Click here to view the presentation
Click here to view supplementary data
Click here to read about this in The Nevada Current

Trustees Approve CCSD 2020-2021 School Year Reopening Plan 

In order for school to begin as currently scheduled, the Trustees are required to approve a scenario plan for submission to the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) that outlines a framework for reopening. Based on NDE guidelines, the plan must include three specific scenarios for reopening: full distance learning, hybrid-learning, and full in-person learning. Once approved by NDE, the specific scenario will be selected based on the State’s reopening phase set by the Governor, and with consideration of education funding cuts as a result of economic downturn caused by the pandemic. 

Trustees discussed the need for a greater level of detail and clarity around teacher schedules, health & safety measures, food service, and technology access in order to implement any scenario effectively. CCSD staff clarified that school site principals will be provided with the autonomy to make common-sense decisions that support the needs of the school community, including changes to the master schedule and assigning specialists to support the supervision of children. 

Trustees also discussed their discomfort with moving forward with any plan at this time, but recognized that without approval, the district, including building principals, would be significantly behind on the timeline to put plans in place to reopen schools in August. 

A motion to submit an additional plan to NDE alongside the plan presented by staff did not meet state guidelines and was therefore voted down by board members (2-5). 

Trustees unanimously approved the plan presented by CCSD, with the caveat that the plan is preliminary. 

Click here to view the presentation
Click here to view additional information related to CCSD’s Reopening Our Schools Plan 

Click here to read about this in The Nevada Independent
Click here to read about this in The Las Vegas Review-Journal 
Click here to read about this in The Nevada Current 

Trustees Approved 2020-2021 School Year Calendar 

Aligned to the approved reopening scenario plan, Trustees approved the Staff Calendar and Student Calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. Regardless of reopening scenario, staff are expected to begin on August 10th, with students beginning on August 24th. 

Click here to view the staff calendar 
Click here to view the student calendar 


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Nevada Ed-Watch 1/31/20

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 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, January 31, 2020
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda 

What happened at this meeting? 

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report: 

Report Highlights: 

  • Seven schools submitted applications for authorization in the 2019 Summer cycle. Two schools were approved. Five schools were denied, but resubmitted their applications. 
  • One school submitted an application for authorization in the 2020 Winter cycle. 
  • The SPCSA Executive Director presented to the Legislative Committee on Education about the SPCSA’s Needs Assessment, Growth Management Plan, and Strategic Plan. The committee will provide written feedback to the SPCSA regarding the plans.
  • The SPCSA is launching a “secret shopper” style project to enhance oversight of special education compliance through random, unannounced phone calls to schools. Callers will represent themselves as parents of students with disabilities. 

Board Approved the Annual Report for the Nevada Department of Education

The annual SPCSA report, required by statute, includes updates on the academic performance data for each SPCSA-sponsored school, organizational and financial performance frameworks, and federal funds disbursed to SPCSA-sponsored schools. 

Click here to see the annual report. 

Board Approved the Authorization of Girls Athletic Leadership School (G.A.L.S) 

The board approved staff recommendations to authorize G.A.L.S with conditions. The G.A.L.S application returned to the SPCSA board through an appeal process outlined in the document linked below. G.A.L.S will serve 6th grade students for the 2020-2021 school year, and grow into a full 6-8th grade school by the 2022-2023 school year.  

Click here to see the staff recommendation and conditions. 

Board Approved Four (4) Charter School Renewals

The board approved the renewal of the 4 schools listed below. Click each school name to see the recommendation memo provided by SPCSA staff.

Board Heard an Update on Pinecrest Academy of Northern Nevada 

SPCSA staff members have been working closely with the Pinecrest team on efforts to serve a student population that is reflective of the community. SPCSA staff and members of the Pinecrest team shared updates on establishing a weighted lottery, securing a free lunch program, and launching targeted marketing and outreach for student enrollment. The school team is also working out the details related to transportation. It was noted that family enrollment can be determined by access to transportation. 

Board Heard a Presentation Overview of SPCSA-Sponsored Charter Schools

SPCSA staff presented an overview of SPCSA-sponsored public charter schools. The presentation included a summary of Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) results, graduation rates, and demographic information as compared to statewide and school district data.

Click here to see the presentation.

The Board Discussed Updates to the Board Calendar

Schools that received a Notice of Breach will present updates to the board during the March meeting. Performance data for Beacon Academy under the Alternative Performance Framework will also be available in March.

Board Approved Staff Recommendation to Deny Renewal of Nevada Connections Academy Middle and High School Charter Contract (4-1) 

Nevada Connections Academy (NCA) is an online school currently serving students in grades K-12. When assessing NCA’s application for renewal, SPCSA staff considered the academic, organizational and financial performance of the school– putting the largest weight on the academic performance, as required in statute. In the past three years, the elementary and high school programs have not received a rating above 1-star. While the middle school earned an adequate 3-star rating for the 2016 -17 school year, the two most recent ratings are below 3-stars.  

NCA staff provided testimony that outlined why they believe the school should not close. Highlights included: 

  • 2017 Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) ratings and subsequent years’ ratings are not comparable due to changes in measures
  • Students that attend NCA are highly mobile or transient, which the school is working to address 
  • Students that attend NCA enroll in the school with credit deficiencies
  • The school is actively working to address student social-emotional learning
  • The school has outlined intervention plans for middle and high school deficiencies 

After extensive presentations from SPCSA staff, Nevada Connections Academy (NCA) staff, and public comment from families– the board voted to deny the renewal of Nevada Connections Academy’s charter contract for their middle and high schools. NCA did not seek renewal for their elementary school, which will close at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

Click here to see the SPCSA memo regarding NCA’s renewal. 

Click here to download Nevada Connections Academy’s presentation. 


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Nevada Ed-Watch 11/1/19

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.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA Members.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, October 4, 2019
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

The Board Heard about Changes to the Public Comment Process

Rather than holding public comment for all agenda items until the end of each board meeting, the process was updated to allow members of the public to comment after each agenda item. 

Staff Presented Updates on the Development of the SPCSA Strategic Plan & Accompanying Growth Management Plan (in accordance with AB 462)

SPCSA staff presented updates on proposed language on the vision, mission, and values of the State Public Charter School Authority for board feedback. The board discussed the inclusion of “innovation” as a component of the vision statement.

The board also heard the SPCSA staff’s proposed five-year goals:

  1. Provide families with access to high quality schools
  2. Increase the diversity of students served by SPCSA schools 
  3. Ensure that every SPCSA student succeeds – including those from historically underperforming subgroups 

The board discussed the inclusion of attendance metrics in the goals. 

SPCSA staff proposed four (4) overarching strategies to achieve these goals:

  1. Proactive Oversight
  2. Strategic Growth 
  3. Expanded Support 
  4. Reward Progress

Staff will present more specific actions aligned to each strategy above at the next board meeting. 

Click here to see the Strategic Planning presentation. 

Click here to see the draft Growth Management Plan. 

SPCSA staff will present a final draft of both the full Strategic Plan and the Growth Management Plan for approval at the December 13th board meeting. 

Public Comment: A school leader shared concerns about needing more time to build a school culture before receiving a star rating for the first year of operation. Another school leader shared concerns about performance ratings for alternative schools.

Upcoming Milestones

  • December 13th: Review and board approval of final Strategic Plan and Growth Management Plan 
  • January 1st: Growth Management Plan submitted to the Nevada Department of Education and the Legislative Commission on Education

Board Heard a Presentation about SPCSA-Sponsored Shining Star Schools

SPCSA staff recognized the nine (9) state-designated Shining Star schools that are authorized by the SPCSA. A Shining Star school is a high-performing school serving a high percentage of students in poverty. A high-performing school is  defined by achieving a 4 or 5-Star rating on the most recent Nevada School Performance Framework.

Click here to see the Shining Star schools presentation.

The board also heard a presentation from teachers, students, and school leaders at Mater Academy of Nevada Mountain Vista Campus and Mater Academy of Nevada Bonanza Campus on its academic performance (both campuses were recognized as Shining Star schools).  

Click here to see the Mater Academy presentation.

The Board Approved Charter Contract Renewals for Mater Academy and Beacon Academy

SPCSA staff recommended renewal of Mater Academy of Nevada’s contract for a 5-year term beginning July 1st, 2020. 

Click here to see the Mater Academy charter contract renewal recommendation.

SPCSA staff also recommended renewal of Beacon Academy of Nevada for a six-year term, beginning July 1, 2020.

The board heard the following remarks about Beacon Academy from SPCSA staff:

  • Beacon is the only school operating under an Alternative Performance Framework due to the unique population it serves
  • Beacon continues to serve credit deficient students and seeks expansion to serve more students who are credit deficient

Click here to see the Beacon Academy charter contract renewal recommendation.

Board Approved New School Application Process

SPCSA staff provided an overview of the process for new charter schools to apply for authorization under the SPCSA. For the Summer application cycle, new charters must submit Letters of Intent to apply by March 15th. 

The updated version of the application requires an applicant to demonstrate alignment to the SPCSA’s Demographic Needs Assessment, in addition to the school’s Academic, Operations, and Financial plans.

Click here to see the presentation.

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report: 

Report Highlights:

  • 7 schools submitted requests for contract amendments, which will be brought to the December board meeting.
  • 18 school site evaluations were conducted last year, with 42 remaining to complete. 
  • Student demographic and enrollment data for SPCSA schools is anticipated in December.

The Board Discussed Updates to the Board Calendar

The board added a meeting on December 17th, when they will review nine (9) pending charter applications. The regular December board meeting is scheduled for December 13th. 

Click here to see the long-range calendar, including 2020 meeting dates. 


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Nevada Ed-Watch 9/13/19

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 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 SPCSA Members.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, September 13, 2019
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment
A member of the public requested the SPCSA board move meetings to the evening rather than during the workday to improve accessibility.

The Board Heard Updates From Schools in Receivership

  • Argent Preparatory Academy
    • Argent Prep is selling their final asset, a parcel of land, for $2.25 million. The buyer, Carson Montessori School, requested a 10-day extension to address issues with financing and acquire a Special Use Permit.
  • Quest Academy
    • Quest Academy resolved its legal and financial obligations, however is currently engaged in litigation regarding its facility.
  • Discovery Charter school
    • Discovery Charter School reported a strong start to the new school year with positive family engagement.
    • The school’s new board held their first meeting and elected a president and treasurer.
    • Click here to see Discovery’s full written update.
    • Discovery Charter School must continue providing quarterly updates to the Authority through the end of the 2020 school year.

Board Heard Updates on the Nevada Virtual Academy Litigation

Nevada Virtual Academy (NVA) filed a complaint with the court challenging the conditions that the Authority Board approved in 2018, when their charter application was approved. NVA filed an injunction to operate under a court order without a charter contract. No injunction was ordered. A trial is set for May 2020.

Board Approved Charter Contract Amendments (4-2 vote)

The following charter contract amendments were approved:

  • Oasis Academy
    • An amendment allowing for an annual increase of 24 students per year for 9-years.
  • Doral Academy of Northern Nevada
    • A good cause exemption allowing an increase in the enrollment cap from 636 students to 814 students (the total number of students currently enrolled in the school). Representatives of Doral Academy of Northern Nevada stated that they over-enrolled the school due to an administrative error– confusing the enrollment cap for the Northern Nevada Campus with the cap at another Doral Academy campus.
    • The Authority Board approved the amendment only for the current school year, to avoid impact on the students and families enrolled.
    • The Authority Board also suggested the school implements a weighted lottery process to ensure its demographic makeup is consistent with the community that it serves.

Board Approved the Charter School Performance Framework Guidance Document

The board approved the revised guidance document for the Charter School Performance Framework. The objective of the performance framework is to provide charter school boards and leaders with clear expectations, fact-based oversight, and timely feedback while protecting charter school’s autonomy for local decision-making within the constraints of state and federal laws.

Click here to see the document.

Board Approved the Site Evaluation Handbook

The board approved technical changes to the SPCSA Site Evaluation Handbook. The changes included updates based on legislation passed in the 2019 Legislative Session, plus updates based on learnings from the first year of completed site evaluations.

Click here to see the handbook.

Board Heard an Overview of the Nevada School Performance Framework

SPCSA staff presented the board with an overview of the Nevada School Performance Framework. 2018-2019 school year performance data will be available on the Nevada Report Card website on Monday, September 16.

There are 102 star ratings across SPCSA-authorized school campuses. This number accounts for single campuses that include multiple school levels (elementary, middle, and high school). Each school level receives its own star rating. 

The Board Heard Updates on Strategic Planning for the SPCSA

The SPCSA is developing a 5-year strategic plan that will outline its vision, mission, values, organizational goals, and strategies for achieving goals.

The Strategic Plan will be inclusive of the SPCSA’s Growth Management Plan, Local Education Agency (LEA) Support Plan, and Organizational Effectiveness Plan.

The SPCSA is also creating a Growth Management Plan, as mandated during the 2019 legislative session.

SPCSA staff will engage stakeholders as the Growth Management Plan is developed– which will include targeted outreach to key stakeholders, working groups with a diverse group of stakeholders, and more broad outreach through surveys.

Staff will present the Growth Management Plan and the Strategic Plan to the SPCSA board for feedback. The goal is to present a final draft to the board during the December 13th meeting.

Click here to see the presentation.

The Board Heard Updates from SPCSA Staff

  • Welcoming new board members, Mallory Cyr, Don Soifer, and Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton. There are still two board seats pending appointment.
  • The December board meeting will be held on December 13th.
  • 9 new school applications in this cycle
    • Applications are available online for review by the public, including a link for members of the public to provide comment regarding the application.
    • SPCSA staff anticipate bringing new charter school applications to the board for consideration during the November and December board meetings.
  • 7 charter schools are up for contract renewals. SPCSA staff anticipate bringing applications for renewal before the board in the November and December board meetings.

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Nevada Ed Watch 5/31/19

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 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? SPCSA members meet once monthly (three times in June)– 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 (2nd floor boardroom). Members of the public are invited to attend at either location. 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 SPCSA Members.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, May 31, 2019
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment
Members of the public provided testimony to Board members regarding:

  • Concerns about severance pay not received by staff following the closure of Argent Preparatory Academy.  

The Board Heard a Presentation from Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus Middle School

Hearing from schools (both traditional and charter) about their successes and best practices is part of the SPCSA’s strategic plan. During this meeting, the Board heard from the Executive Director of Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus (DPAC) about the success at DPAC middle school.

DPAC middle school success highlights:

  • The DPAC middle school grew from a 2-star to a 4-star school, with math proficiency doubling from year one to year two of operating.
  • 100% of 8th graders passed algebra, are ready to go into Geometry, and are on track to be college ready.

Click here to see the presentation.

The Board Heard Updates on Discovery Charter School’s Receivership

Discovery Charter’s receiver shared quarterly updates with the Board regarding academic results and reconstituting Discovery’s Board.

Discovery receivership academic highlights:

  • 100% of 3rd-8th grade students completed end of year testing.
  • 84% of the student population is performing on grade level in reading, based on growth assessment results.
  • 87% of the student population is performing on grade level in math, based on growth assessment results.

Additionally, the following topics were discussed:

  • Working towards a K-12 model, adding a grade level at a time starting with 9th grade.
  • Experiencing challenges related to the transferring of funds from payroll to a PERS (retirement system) payback plan.
  • Announcing five new school Board members.

Since Discovery’s receivership has met its academic benchmark goals (3-stars or higher, consecutively), the Board discussed the process and timeline for exiting receivership.

At the June Board meeting, the receiver will present an exit plan with deadlines and a target transition date.

The Board Heard Updates on Argent Prep’s Receivership

Argent Preparatory Academy’s receiver shared updates to the Board, which included:

  • Inability to meet the anticipated exit date of June 2019– due to challenges with selling one of the school’s facilities. Once the facility is sold, funds will become available to pay severance to exited staff.
  • All students have been placed in other respective district schools.

The Board Heard Updates on Quest Academy’s Receivership

Quest Academy’s receiver shared updates to the Board on exiting the receivership and reconstituting the school’s governing body.

Both Quest campuses exceeded academic targets within the improvement plan, and made progress towards financial solvency. It was noted that if the school is not financially viable, it will not be eligible for renewal.

The Board Heard Updates on NV Connections Academy

Staff and school leadership provided the Board updates on Nevada Connections Academy’s High School, which included the following improvements:

  • Increase in students passing core subjects
  • 68% graduation rate (increase form 60%)

The SPCSA will continue to work with the school to ensure they stay on track with their remediation plan.

Click here to see the Quest updates summary.

The Board Heard Updates on Nevada Virtual Academy

The Board heard a quarterly update on the progress towards closure of Nevada Virtual Academy’s elementary school by the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Nevada Virtual Academy’s middle and high schools must have an executed contract in about 30 days. If the new contract is not executed prior to their current contract’s expiration, the school will not be able to operate. The SPCSA Board and staff discussed their concerns about ensuring that students and families are not impacted.

Click here to download the presentation.

Executive Director Reports

The SPCSA staff and Board recognized the following schools for their accomplishments:

  • Oasis Academy, Pinecrest Academy Cadence, and Pinecrest Academy St. Rose 2019 for recognition as Governor-Designated STEM Schools.
  • Coral Academy for recognition as one of the best high schools by U.S. News & World Report (placed 8th in Nevada).

Additionally, the SPCSA Executive Director provided budget updates to the Board:

  • 3 out of four positions in the Governor’s recommended budget were approved. These positions are focused on data & assessment and a permanent executive assistant.
  • Sponsorship fees will move to 1.25% from 1.5% for the upcoming biennium in order to lower reserve levels of the agency.

The Board Heard Staff Reports

  • The Authorizing Team provided the following updates to the Board:
    • Staff has received 20 Letters of Intent and 7 amendment applications.
    • Renewals: The following schools will be up for renewal in 2019:
      • American Preparatory Academy
      • Beacon Academy of Nevada
      • Founders Academy
      • Leadership Academy
      • Mater Academy of Nevada
      • Nevada Connections Academy
      • Quest Preparatory Academy
  • Site Evaluations: 18 site evaluations have been completed, which exceeds the target of 16 visits over 4.5 months.
  • Performance Frameworks: The staff is finalizing the SPCSA academic and organizational frameworks, implementing feedback leading up to final drafts slated for this summer. Click here to see a presentation overview of the Academic Framework updates. All components of the SPCSA performance framework are on track to be ready for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The School Support Team provided updates on data collection initiatives and requirements, school visits, and charter school safety trainings being conducted.

The Board Heard Legislative Updates

  • AB78: SPCSA “omnibus” bill, which will be active upon passage and approval. In its current form, the bill clarifies the following:
    • The SPCSA’s role as a Local Education Agency (LEA)
    • That charter schools must serve all students, including those with special needs
    • Federal enrollment requirements for certain at-risk students
    • The annual reporting of sponsors to the Department of Education, including the comprehensive review the Department of Education should complete every 3 years, and adding 2 additional members to the SPCSA board, appointed by the State Board of Education (by October 1)
  • SB321: Transitioning Nevada Achievement School District (ASD) schools to the SPCSA. This bill voids charter contracts as of July 2020. New contracts can be initiated under authorization of the SPCSA.
  • SB451: Variable length charter contract renewal. This bill allows for variable length contract renewal at the discretion of the SPCSA, between 3 and 10 years. If passed, this will be effective July 1, 2019.
  • SB441: Provides for separate regulation of virtual charter schools. SPCSA staff is working with the Department of Education on developing virtual charter regulations.

Board Heard Updates on the SPCSA Needs Assessment and Growth Management Plan

In compliance with AB462, the SPCSA is implementing Needs Assessment and Growth Management plan– an opportunity to enhance authorizer accountability practices and drive the strategic growth of charter schools.

After completing the initial academic and demographic Needs Assessment, it will be refreshed annually to ensure SPCSA practices are aligned and responsive to statewide needs as they evolve. SPCSA is committed to working with stakeholders, including school districts, in order to achieve the goals set forth in the Growth Plan.

Regular updates will be provided on the progress of the plan’s implementation.

Click here to see the presentation.

Long Range Board Calendar Updates:

  • Board Meeting on August 30
  • There will be no September Board Meeting
  • Board Meeting on October 4th

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Nevada Ed-Watch 3/11/19

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 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? SPCSA members meet once monthly (three times in June)– 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 (2nd floor boardroom). Members of the public are invited to attend at either location. 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 SPCSA Members.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Monday, March 11, 2019
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

The Board Heard Staff Reports From Each Team (Authorizing, School Support, Finance & Operations & Legal)

The Authorizing Team provided the following updates to the Board:

  • Academic Performance Framework & Organizational Framework
    • The workgroups on each of the frameworks have met once and will continue to meet over the next few months.
    • Both frameworks will be completed by June and implemented in school year 2019-20.

  • Changes to the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) for school year 2018-2019 
    • The Nevada Department of Education is implementing changes to the NSPF, which will be released in the Fall. Note: the NSPF workbook with more details will be released in April 2019.
      • The team updated the Board on 3 key areas that will be updated:
        • Changing the business rules around how long a child must be enrolled in order to count towards a school’s performance data.
        • Rating schools that have low ‘N’ counts, or schools that don’t have tested grades.
        • Readjusting the penalty structure for schools that don’t meet the 95% participation requirements.
  • Site Evaluations
    • The team completed 9 SPCSA school site evaluations since January 22nd. They will have 10 visits completed by end of the week, and 6 visits remaining for March-April. On average, the team has completed 1 site evaluation per week.
  • Revolving Loan
    • The team provided an update regarding lending funds to schools for costs approved in the charter application, such as preparing for the first year of operations and recruiting talent.
      • The loan application deadline is Friday. Any charter school under any authorizer can apply. Funding decisions will be made in May.
  • New Charter Applicants
    • There is 1 applicant currently in the charter application process.
    • 11 Letters of Intent to apply for charter authorization have been submitted to-date for the current application cycle. The deadline is Friday, March 15.

The School Support Team provided the following updates to the Board:

  • Site Visits
    • The team conducted 10 school site visits this week. The purpose of these visits is to discuss providing technical support to ensure school success, specifically around special programs like Individualized Education and 504 Plans, and services for English Language Learners.
  • Conferences and Trainings
    • The team attended crisis prevention institute training.
  • Technical Support for Schools
    • The team is continuing to work with schools to facilitate solutions to parent concerns, and support schools to meet Nevada Department of Education reporting requirements.

The Legal Team provided the following updates to the Board:

  • Executive Director Search and Recruitment
    • The Board interviewed candidates for the Executive Director position on March 8, selecting 3 finalists to forward to the Governor for final review and appointment.  The letter to the Governor is currently being drafted.

The Board Heard 2019 Legislative Updates

The SPCSA has jointly filed SB78 with the Nevada Department of Education. The bill includes consolidating and combining the SPCSA and the Nevada ASD in an effort to increase equitable access to high quality charter schools for all students.

Click here to see the bill and the amendments.

Click here to see a technical summary of the proposed revisions to AB78.

Click here to see the proposed Conceptual Amendment to AB78.

The SPCSA is also tracking the following (click the links to access each bill):

  • AB70: Related to Nevada Open Meeting Law
  • AB168: Related to student discipline
  • AB 213: Allows for public charter school students to obtain their driver’s licenses at age 14 under certain circumstances
  • SB57: Related to school safety
  • SB89: Related to accountability for public schools
  • BDR 34-392: Related to separate regulation of online public charter schools. Discussion on BDR 34-392 included:
    • The Board has done a lot of accountability work regarding virtual schools, with some success. They expressed that having an additional accountability tool would be helpful.
    • The Board also expressed support for schools that are open to all students and are serving them well, and facing consequences, (including closure) if they are not.

The Board Heard a Staff Presentation About the Charter Amendment Process and Proposed Updates

The SPCSA currently has 11 different amendment applications that are specific to different types of amendments (i.e. expanding enrollment to new grades or school name changes).

The staff proposed streamlining the charter amendment process to just one application that is broken down into multiple amendment categories (i.e. facilities, enrollment, and academic).

There will still be a high expectation of quality in applications, two amendment cycles, and an option for schools to submit good cause exemptions.

Click here to download the presentation.

The Board Heard a Staff Presentation About the SPCSA Strategic Planning Process

Staff members informed the Board that the SPCSA’s current Strategic plan will expire in 2020. The staff will present a formal timeline in June or July to establish a new strategic plan over the next year.

Click here to see the current plan.


Future Items:

  • July: Presentation on accountability measures for schools
  • August: NSPF Primer
  • September or October: NSPF Results

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 3/8/19

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 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? SPCSA members meet once monthly (three times in June)– 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 (2nd floor boardroom). Members of the public are invited to attend at either location. 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 SPCSA Members.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, March 8, 2019
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting?

The Board Interviewed Candidates for SPCSA Executive Director Position

The Board interviewed five Executive Director applicants who were selected at the January 18, 2019 Authority Board meeting.

After deliberating, the Board selected the following three candidates, listed in order of their preference, whose names will be submitted to Governor Sisolak for review and final appointment:

  1. Rebecca Feiden (unanimous vote)
  2. Mark Modrcin (unanimous vote)
  3. Sami Randolph (5:1 vote)

Click here to see the application packets provided by the applicants.


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