Nevada Ed-Watch 2/10/2022

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
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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, February 10, 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: 

  • Community access to more information about how money is spent.
  • Mental health resources.
  • School safety concerns and the Trustees’ commitment to school communities.  
  • Response to the lifting of the mask mandate.
  • Concerns about long term teacher retention.

Trustees Approve Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

  • Implementation of of the Afghan Refugee School Impact Grant
  • Approval of Federal ESSER funds to cover the costs of educators pursuing the English Language Acquisition and Development masters at UNLV. 
  • Employment of Licensed Personnel. 

Members of the public provided comments on the legal contracts and approved settlement.

Access all Consent Agenda items

Trustees Heard an Update on Focus 2024: Strategic Plan Regarding Chronic Absenteeism, Middle School Algebra & Geometry and Graduation Rates

Staff provided an update on three measures associated with the Focus 2024 Strategic Plan. 

Chronic Absenteeism:

The last presentation on Chronic Absenteeism was provided in November 2019. The District had a target of 16.9% in rates of Chronic Absenteeism for the 2021-22 school year – the actual rate to date is 37.1% for the current school year. When compared to seven similar school districts, CCSD had the highest rate of chronic absenteeism.

Explore the Chronic Absenteeism presentation.

Middle School Algebra & Geometry Enrollment:

The last presentation on Middle School Algebra & Geometry Enrollment was provided in November 2019. The intention is to increase and diversify student enrollment and achievement in advanced coursework in all student groups at the District level and at each middle school.  To date, the District is falling short of its 2021-22 target for Algebra although it is on par with the prior school year. The District is exceeding enrollment in Geometry as compared to its target for the 2021-22 school year. 

Explore the Middle School Algebra & Geometry presentation.  

Graduation Rate:

The last presentation on Graduation Rate was provided in January 2020. The recorded four year graduation rate of the District in 2020-21 was 80.9%

2020-21 Graduation Rates by Student Group

Graduation Rate Comparisons


Explore the Graduation Rates presentation

Trustees Heard an Update on the Teachers Health Trust.

Representatives from the Teachers Health Trust provided updates on legacy challenges with the THT system and future mitigating strategies to improve the health system for educators. Future presentations will be provided and regular updates will be provided via public comment in the interim. 

Explore the Teacher’s Health Trust presentation. 

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Mask mandate changes. 
  • Concerns related to school safety issues. 
  • Black History Month content.

Next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for February 24, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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Nevada State Board of Education

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

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, January 20, 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

Written public comment was read into the record by staff regarding: 

  • The need to ensure AB469 is being upheld.
  • The willingness of the CCSD Board of Trustees Officers to work directly with the State Board of Education to ensure compliance with AB469. 

Superintendent’s Report

  • Pupil-Centered Funding Plan Update:
    • The Commission on School Funding has affirmed their support of the definition for “at-risk” weighted funding category and is currently reviewing the cost of education index. 
  • Overview of Teacher Recruitment & Retention programs funded by federal relief funding:
    • Nevada received approximately $1.5 billion in federal relief funding for K-12 education. 10% of the funds are reserved for the The Nevada Department of Education to run statewide programs. Four priority areas were identified for the use of those funds: Advancing Equity, Teacher Recruitment and Retention, Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health, and Efficiencies for Long-Term Success. Board members received an update on Teacher Recruitment and Retention program including: 
      • Incentivizing Pathways to Teaching – $20.7 million
      • DonorsChoose Grant Program $8 million
      • Nevada Educator Preparation Institute and Collaborative (NV-EPIC) $6.1 million
      • Nevada Educator Preparation Institute and Collaborative (NV-EPIC) $2.9 million
      • Teaching and Training CTE Rural and Urban Expansion and Support $2.3 million
      • Statewide Leadership Networks $3.2 million

Click here to view the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Focus Area Overview. 

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Board Heard Update on Nevada 2020-21 Graduation Rates

In 2021, 30,479 students graduated, bringing the state’s 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate to 81%, down from 82.5% in 2020 and 84.1% in 2019. The largest graduation rate gap among race/ethnic groups statewide was between Asain students at 92.3% and Black students at 70.3%. Among students part of special populations, students who are in foster care had the lowest 2021 graduation rate at 43.3%. 

The majority of students continue to graduate with a Standard Diploma (57.6%) with 18.2% earning an Advanced Diploma and 23.3% earning a College and Career Readiness Diploma. Board members discussed the importance of prioritizing college and career readiness diplomas as the default for students, rather than the Standard diploma, in order to continue progressing towards the Department of Education’s goal of increasing the number of students who are considered college and career ready upon graduation.

Click here to view the full presentation. 

Board Heard Presentation on Nevada Commission on Mentoring 

Board members received an update on mentoring initiatives from Karl Catarata, Chairman of the Nevada Commission on Mentoring.  The purpose of the commission is to support, facilitate and coordinate mentoring programs in Nevada. The commission has established three priorities: ​​1) Establishing a National Mentoring Affiliate 2) Providing capacity-building grants to local mentoring organizations in Nevada through return of funding, and 3) Statewide Annual Conference on Mentoring.

Click here to view the presentation. 

Board Heard Update from AB469 Subcommittee

Board members heard a presentation from the AB469 Subcommittee regarding the Subcommittee’s progress on the implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 469 from the 2017 Legislative Session. The purpose of the subcommittee is to create guardrails and definitions that clarify the intention of the law for principals who intend to fill staff positions with substitutes.  Board members heard an update on the development of definitions for the terms “the greatest extent possible” and “in good standing” as related to principles to staffing. Board members discussed the need to further define “to the greatest extent possible” to include more explicit guidelines.  

  • in good standing 
    • The employee has the appropriate license for the open position 
    • Their previous evaluation is positive
    • Not actively engaged in disciplinary proceedings 
    • Good attendance 
  • to the greatest extent possible 
    • The principal has the ability to see all eligible candidates
    • The principal has made every effort to hire a candidate 
    • The district must develop procedures for principles to ensure compliance with “to the greatest extent possible” 
    • The district cannot place an employee without the consent of the principal 

The subcommittee also provided examples of potential consequences for noncompliance with the law including district financial oversight, monitoring of the superintendent and/or monitoring of the board of trustees, receivership of the district, and suspension or removal of the superintendent or board of trustees.  Based on feedback from the board, the subcommittee will re-review their recommendations and bring them back to the board for final approval. Upon formal acceptance of the recommendations by the board, they will be submitted to the Nevada Legislature.

Click here to view the presentation. 

Board Heard Update on Progress of the State Plan for the Improvement of Pupils (STIP)

Each year, the department updates the State Plan for the Improvement of Pupils (STIP) aligned to needed improvements in student outcomes. NDE staff provided the board with an update on two goals: 

  • Move up in State rankings from 18th in September 2020 to Top 10 by July 2026 in K-12 Student Achievement, as measured by Quality Counts.
    • Update: Nevada maintained its standing at 18th as of September 2021. 
  • Increase the overall number of students receiving the College and Career Ready (CCR) diploma from 23.9% in July 2021 to 50% by July 2026 and eliminate gaps of student groups while raising the overall average.
    • Update: In comparing students receiving CCR diplomas, Nevada saw an 0.6% decrease between the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021.

Click here to view the full presentation.


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State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA)

What is the SPCSA & what are they responsible for? Considered one of Nevada’s school districts, the SPCSA sponsors and oversees public charter schools. The Authority consists of seven appointed members responsible for overseeing educational and operational standards and holding sponsored schools accountable to the academic achievement of students. 

How often does the SPCSA Board meet? The SPCSA typically meets one a month, generally on Fridays. 

Click here for SPCSA meeting schedule and materials.

Can community members engage at SPCSA Board Meetings? While all meetings of the SPCSA are typically held publicly at the Nevada Department of Education building in Carson City and the Nevada Department of Education building in Las Vegas (1st floor boardroom), all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. Members of the public may view the meeting online via the link on the SPCSA’s Public Notice web page and the agenda and any supporting materials can be found here. Public comment may be given on any agenda item at the beginning of the meeting, or public comment regarding any matter that is SPCSA-related may be given at the conclusion of each Board meeting. Members of the community giving public comment can utilize the following conference call line: 1-312-584-2401; extension 3952176# with a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Alternatively, public comment may be submitted in writing to publiccomment@spcsa.nv.gov, and any such public comment received prior to the meeting will be provided to the Authority and included in the written minutes of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA Members.
Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Friday, December 3, 2021

State Public Charter School Authority Special Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting? 

Board Heard Overview of the Organizational and Financial Performance Frameworks

In addition to the Academic Performance Framework, the Authority reviews each school’s financial and business/operations health aligned to the Financial and Organizational Performance Frameworks. The authority rates schools across these frameworks to ensure they are in compliance with laws, regulations, and the Authority’s policies. These are taken into consideration for charter school contract renewal. Schools that do not meet standards can be moved to the following interventions: Notice of Concern, Notice of Breath, and Notice of Intent to Revoke. 

Schools will receive their preliminary rating reports in mid-December, with a full presentation of results coming before the Authority board at the January 28th meeting. 

Click here to view the presentation. 

Board Heard Overview of SPCSA Student Demographics

Presentation highlights on SPCSA enrollment rates:

  • Total enrollment in SPCSA-authorized schools for the 2021-22 school year is 55,415 students, a 4.1% increase over the prior school year, making the SPCSA Nevada’s 3rd largest Local Education Agency (LEA) behind Clark and Washoe Counties.
  • 43% of students in SPCSA-authorized schools are eligible for free or reduced lunch. 
  • Enrollment in SPCSA-authorized schools increased for students identifying as Asian, Black/African American, Two or More Races, or Hispanic/Latino, as well as for students qualifying for free and reduced lunch (FRL), students with disabilities (IEP), and English Language Learners (ELLs).
  • Enrollment decreased for students identifying as White.
  • Despite increased enrollment in student groups, when compared to the State, the SPCSA enrolled fewer students identifying as Hispanic/Latino, FRLs, IEPs, and ELLs, though the agency is making progress toward that goal.

Click here to view the presentation on student demographics.

Click here to view 2021-22 student enrollment data by school.

Board Heard Graduation Rates for SPCSA Class of 2020-2021

The 4-year graduation rate for students who graduated from SPCSA schools in May or June of 2021 was 86.8%., with 16 SPCSA schools reaching a graduation rate of 95% or higher. SPCSA students across all racial/ethnic categories, FRL, IEP, and ELL outperformed their peers across the state. 

Click here to view the presentation on graduation rates.

Click here to view 2020-21 graduation rates by school.

Board Approved Charter Renewals 

The following schools have been renewed for a six-year term: 

The following schools have been renewed for a four-year term: 

Board Approved Changes in Enrollment Lottery Policies for Schools

Futuro Academy Elementary & Equipo Academy Middle School may enter into an agreement that allows Futuro Academy students preference in the enrollment lottery at Equipo Academy.

Pinecrest Academy of Nevada will implement a weighted lottery giving 5.0 preference for students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Click here to view the recommendation memo. 

Founders Classical Academy will implement a weighted lottery giving 3.0 preference for students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, and a weight of 4.0 for students with disabilities. Click here to view the recommendation memo.  

Board Approved Battle Born Academy’s Application for Revolving Loan Fund

Loans via the SPCSA’s Revolving Loan Fund are provided to schools for year 1 start-up funds aligned to NRS 388A.435(2)(a), “preparing a charter school to commence its first year of operation.” Battle Born Academy’s Revolving loan fund application for $124,000 was approved by the authority board. The school is required to pay the loan back via 24 payments beginning in year two of operations at an interest rate of 3.25%.

Click here to view the Battle Born Academy recommendation memo.

Board Approved Updates to Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction 

The Plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction was initially introduced in and approved in June 2021 as a requirement to receive federal funds to facilitate the reopening of schools during the pandemic. One condition of the requirement is that plans are revisited regularly. The key changes to the document are aligned to updates to testing and masking protocols, which have changed or expanded since the initial plan was adopted. Additionally, the Authority will review and provide an update to the plan at a minimum of every six months.

Click here to view the plan. 

Academic & Demographic Needs Assessment

The SPCSA is conducting its 2022 Academic and Demographic Needs assessment, which prioritizes the needs that the SPCSA will look for schools to meet in order to be approved. SPCSA is gathering input from various stakeholders including a community working group, school districts, and the Department of Education

Board Members provided input to Authority staff on what to consider in the needs assessment including foster and homeless youth, zipcodes that only have traditional district options (with consideration of available facilities), and transportation needs. Board members also discussed the need for schools to not only have plans for how they would serve students with needs, but also demonstrate that they are recruiting and serving those students.

Click here to view the needs assessment presentation. 

Click here to view the 2021 Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment.

Board Heard a Presentation on SPCSA’s Grant Monitoring Protocols

The SPCSA facilitates two types of oversight monitoring: 1) Authorizing Oversight related compliance with state and federal statutes, school performance monitoring, and site evaluations; and (2) Federal and State Program Oversight related to compliance with state and federal regulations; monitoring grants for effective use and implementation, and onsite grant evaluations.

Pursuant to 2 CFR § 200.332, SPCSA responsibilities include ensuring grant sub-awards are clearly identified for the schools; evaluating the risk of noncompliance of each school; monitoring schools to ensure grants are used as authorized; ensuring schools are audited; and taking enforcement action when necessary to help schools comply with federal statutes, regulations, and sub-award terms and conditions.

SPCSA facilitates risk-based monitoring, differentiated monitoring based on the context of each school and the likelihood that the school will have a compliance or performance issue. For example, schools with lower risk receive less monitoring, which allows the SPCSA to be more efficient. SCPSA monitors the use of grant funds by schools to ensure health in the areas of student services and well-being, sound financial stewardship, and legal compliance.

Click here to view the grant monitoring presentation.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months)

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

  • Financial and Organizational Performance ratings
  • Charter school application resubmissions
  • Contract amendments related to expansions
  • State of the SPCSA
  • Updates from schools slated to open for the 2022-23 school year
  • Interim legislative session updates

Click here to view the long-range calendar.