Nevada Ed-Watch: 06/09/2022

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, June 9, 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:

  • New starting salaries and existing teacher salaries
  • Community representation
  • Teacher retention
  • School safety
  • School accountability for child endangerment and neglect
  • Student outcomes and perception of Trustees to students
  • District workplace culture
  • School funding
  • Trustee behavior
  • Union representation
  • Student safety
  • Workplace discrimination

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (5-2)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees approved the consent agenda, pulling items 3.37 – Appointment of Bond Oversight Committee members, and 3.38 – CCSD Regulation 5114.1, Discipline: Suspension Procedures. One nominee on Item 3.37 was approved to serve on the Committee by a 7-0 vote, while the other nominee was not approved. Item 3.38 passed separately by a 6-1 vote.

Trustees Heard a Presentation on Focus 2024: Strategic Plan Update – Student Discipline

Staff presented on student suspensions and discretionary expulsions, which are tracking higher during the 2021-2022 school year. Staff noted that the 2020-2021 data is not comparative because at the time the data was pulled, the school year had not yet been completed. Through March 11, 2022, there have been 18,860 student suspensions (compared with 19,631 for the full 2019-2020 school year) and 733 discretionary expulsions (compared with 625 for the full 2019-2020 school year).

Challenges include disproportionality, major disciplinary infractions, and Q3 history; district successes include external stakeholder collaboration and data tracking. Next steps include revising the CCSD Pre-K-12 Student Code of Conduct in June and Student Record Guidance in July 2022.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Heard a Presentation on Focus 2024: Strategic Plan Update – Nevada System of Higher Education Remediation Rates

Staff presented on higher education remediation rates. Remediation is defined as students who are enrolled in remedial math or English coursework at a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution. Remediation rates are annually provided by NSHE; the system is in the process of changing the remediation structure into a corequisite support model, where students take simultaneous support classes alongside college classes.

The NSHE remediation dashboard has been redesigned, which creates consistency issues in reporting metrics, but some data on remediation for the Class of 2020 year was provided: 27% of CCSD students attending College of Southern Nevada took remedial coursework, 39% attending UNLV needed remedial coursework, and 31% of UNR students needed remedial coursework. It was noted that the Class of 2020 was particularly challenging for students transitioning from high school into college due to the pandemic.

Successes include increasing access to dual enrollment programs, implementing professional learning for counselors, and tailoring individualized professional learning for AP teachers. Challenges include continuing to focus to ensure all students have access to rigorous coursework.

A revised theory of action was presented, given new approaches to remediation: “If we monitor deliberate systems at all grade levels for course enrollment in CCSD, college remediation instances will decrease.” Next steps will include expansion of ad hoc reports for rigorous course enrollment and professional learning for administrators and counselors, and monitoring student enrollment and identifying gaps in rigorous coursework.

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Policy 5127: High School Graduation Requirements (7-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Policy 5127 regarding high school graduation requirements. The proposed changes include adding language regarding College and Career Readiness Diplomas and updating language on curriculum, diploma, and testing requirements.

This item may be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, July 14, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 5127: High School Graduation Requirements (6-1)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 5127 regarding high school graduation requirements. The proposed changes include updating language on diploma types and including dual enrollment weights on GPA, external credit options, and a cap on weighted GPA calculations. Additionally, the Advanced Honors diploma will continue to be an option for students through the Cohort of 2025.

This item may be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, July 14, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Approved a Notice of Intent to Amend CCSD Regulation 6174: Dual Enrollment Programs (7-0)

Trustees discussed and approved a Notice of Intent to amend CCSD Regulation 6174 regarding dual enrollment. The proposed changes include language clarifying dual enrollment procedures and how credits are granted.

This item may be submitted for public hearing and possible approval at the Thursday, July 14, Board of Trustees meeting.

Explore the Notice of Intent and proposed changes.

Trustees Held a Public Hearing on and Approved New Memoranda of Agreements Regarding the Negotiated Agreements between CCSD and the Clark County Education Association, Education Support Employees Association, Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees, Police Officers Association, and the Police Administrators Association (4-1-2)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved various new Memoranda of Agreements between CCSD and several Unions regarding retention bonuses, increases in teacher starting salaries, changes to the sick leave pool and professional growth system, elimination of the spring surplus, additional amounts to be paid to health savings plans, and suspending Article 18-9, in which a buyout is performed for teachers/employees who have reached 29 years of service and have at least 100 sick days; that suspension will be in effect from 2023-2025. The total fiscal impact of these agreements is up to $167,315,000.

One Trustee abstained from the vote on this item.

Explore the fiscal impact assessments summary and the Memoranda of Agreements.

Explore written public comment submitted on this agenda item.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Teachers Health Trust
  • Trustee behavior
  • Possible retaliatory efforts towards employees
  • Inadequate school facilities for extreme heat conditions
  • Student and faculty safety and security issues
  • School health clinics
  • Temporary employee bonuses
  • Teacher pay and retention

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for June 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch 03/10/2022

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
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, March 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: 

  • Student and teacher safety
  • Class size
  • School zone changes
  • Accommodations for ELL students for the ACT test
  • Teacher retention
  • Absence policies

Explore written public comment.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (4-3)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

  • A grant application from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program – Nevada Department of Family and Child Services
  • Employment of Licensed Personnel; employment of Unified Personnel; and an employment agreement for Assistant General Counsel and Chief Negotiator. 

Members of the public provided comments on minutes from previous meetings, student expulsions, the grant application from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program, and approval for compensation rates of general counsel.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan – Student Discipline

District staff provided an update on the Focus: 2024 plan on student discipline, as it relates to safety and engagement. 

Staff compared student suspensions over the last five years:

Staff also provided a comparison between first semester suspensions among different student demographics:

Staff also provided similar data sets for discretionary expulsions for the 2021-2022 first semester:

Staff noted that while progress has been made on several metrics, there is still work remaining. 

Challenges identified by the District include distance education, disproportionality in the data, and major disciplinary infractions. Successes identified by the District include launching restorative practices in April 2022, external stakeholder collaboration, and data tracking, as well as a dashboard that was launched in the fall. 

Next steps include continuing student town hall meetings and exploring root cause analysis, reengagement with external partners beginning in April, restorative grant applications and implementation of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports beginning in April, revising the CCSD Pre-K-12 Student Code of Conduct, and providing guidance to schools regarding challenging student behavior.

Trustees discussed additional data points regarding student discipline, mental health and other resources, training and development for staff members, parental engagement, and community partnerships. 

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Received a Presentation on Safe Learning and Working Environments

Staff gave an overview of current policies that align with safety and violence in schools, including student discipline and cooperation with law enforcement agencies and student conduct (links to each of the policies and regulations can be found in the presentation). 

Staff also gave an overview of CCSD Police Services’ approach, which includes partnerships, officer training, data collection, referral systems to service providers, alternatives to arrest (including mentorships, truancy prevention, and other outreach programs), and crisis training, among other services provided. An overview of the K-9 program was also provided. This program includes firearm detection canines, random search programs, school presentations and demonstrations, and deployments to school incidents.

Staff provided an update on use-of-force, including the implementation of deescalation training, adding 18 staff members to CCSD Police Services, and introducing a crisis intervention certification. A social worker has also been brought on staff with CCSD Police Services. The Prevention Before Apprehension home outreach program was also discussed as a resource and as a means of building law enforcement and community relations. Other programs, such as SafeVoice, the School Violence Initiative, and Zero Teen Fatalities, were also reviewed.

Staff also provided a log of calls for service:

Per Trustees’ request, Staff also detailed violent acts from 2017-2022:

Staff then reviewed current practices and solutions, including an overview of the Clark County School-Justice Partnership (SJP) program. Members of the program include legislators, faith-based organizations, bargaining units, CCSD, Workforce Connections, City of Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, CCSD Board of Trustees, non-profit organizations, and the Department of Juvenile Justice Services. The SJP started in 2018, and now has several subcommittees: asset mapping and resources; data; restorative practices; communications and training; code of conduct; and legislative.

Staff also presented juvenile referral data by race/ethnicity and by age, noting the disparity in Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino students:

Staff also provided an overview of the School Safety Advisory Committee’s findings, including mandatory reporting of every CCSD firearm incident; strengthening community awareness of SafeVoice; providing crisis response training for students and staff; increasing overall campus security; and implementing optional socio-emotional learning curriculum for students.

The staff concluded with an overview of future work, including building awareness of community-policing efforts; ongoing data monitoring of critical components of the SJP; expanding regional services to support educational outcomes; clarifying outcomes and metrics of SJP; and revamping membership and scope of the SJP and Safety Advisory Committee.

Community engagement meetings, as well as meetings with principals and students, will be scheduled to discuss school violence and safety. Board officers are scheduled to meet to discuss a plan, currently slated to come to the Trustees at the March 24 meeting. 

Explore the presentation.

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

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Whistleblower policies for CCSD employees
  • Improvements to Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Special education student needs at board meetings
  • Dads in Schools program

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for March 24, 2022 @ 5pm. 

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Nevada Ed-watch 12/05/2020

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? 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 4, 2020

State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda

What happened at this meeting? 

Members of the public provided comment regarding: 

  • Requests to allow charter schools to return to full in person learning
  • Concerns from teachers about returning to full in person learning

Members of the public also submitted public comment online:

Click here to view Public Comment #1
Click here to view Public Comment #2
Click here to view Public Comment #3
Click here to view Public Comment #4
Click here to view Public Comment #5
Click here to view Public Comment #6
Click here to view Public Comment #7
Click here to view Public Comment #8
Click here to view Public Comment #9
Click here to view Public Comment #10
Click here to view Public Comment #11
Click here to view Public Comment #12
Click here to view Public Comment #13
Click here to view Public Comment #14

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report: 

Report Highlights: 

  • In Person Learning Update
    • Director Feiden does not currently anticipate any changes to the in person learning guidance.  Following the Governor’s order for Nevadans to voluntarily stay home and a rise in COVID-19 cases, many schools have reduced the scale of in person learning or temporarily returned to full distance learning. Ongoing supports are being provided to schools through weekly meetings, pass-through grants, and subsidized internet access for families.  Click here to see the full update.
  • Focus on Equity
    • The SPCSA has made progress towards equity initiatives, including a survey for school leaders regarding diversity and inclusion training, updates to the new charter school application to include efforts to close opportunity gaps and disproportionate discipline practices, and reports from schools on their practices to combat systemic racism. Board members requested additional information on teacher, school leader, and board diversity of SPCSA sponsored schools. Board members also requested to further discuss the implementation of a common application to support more equitable conditions for students and families.  Click here to see the full update.
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Pilot Program and Project Award Grant
    • The Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a framework that schools use to provide targeted support to struggling students. Nine SPCSA schools have opted into an MTSS program in collaboration with UNR.
  • SPCSA Annual Initiatives 
    • The SPCSA is focused on three main goals for the 2020-2021 school year: provide families with access to high-quality schools, ensure every student succeeds, and increase the diversity of the student population. The Board heard an update on progress towards these goals, including the nine associated initiatives. Click here to see the full update. 

Board Heard Strategic Plan Development Update 

Adam Johnson, Executive Director of Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus (DPAC), shared an overview of Democracy Prep Network’s timeline for the development of a strategic plan grounded in equity and anti-racism. This development includes a review of all DPAC campus systems and structures to ensure alignment with the needs of the school community and all students. 

Click here to see the presentation.

Board Heard Presentation from Charter School Association of Nevada

The Charter School Association of Nevada (CSAN) shared information on the Association’s role in representing district and state sponsored schools. Their current projects include contracting with media firms to tell the stories of their member schools, outreach to elected officials and community leaders, and monitoring government agencies.

Board Heard Update on SPCSA Student Discipline Data 

SPCSA staff provided an overview of discipline data and findings, collected by the Nevada Department of Education. Overall, SPCSA had a lower rate of incidents resulting in suspension compared to the state average. Similar to state and previous data, SPCSA students identifying as Black/African American or male — including those with a disability — are more likely to be involved in an incident resulting in a suspension compared to their peers.

Click here to see the presentation.

Board Approved Charter School Contract Amendments:

  • Mater Academy of Northern Nevada – Addition of distance education component: The Board approved student credit retrieval and advancement of coursework through supplemental distance education options not currently offered in brick-and-mortar school for middle school students. Click here to see the full recommendation memo.
  • Pinecrest Academy of Northern Nevada – Addition of distance education component: The Board approved credit advancement or retrieval for students for supplemental courses. SPCSA staff recommend approval with conditions including year end report of student performance and a student enrollment summary and courselog. Click here to see the full recommendation memo. 
  • Somerset Academy of Las Vegas – Facilities financing and acquisition: The Board approved an amendment for the Somerset Academy to gain ownership of the Aliante and Sky Canyon campus, which they currently occupy. This does not affect approved enrollment. SPCSA staff recommend approval with conditions on bond reporting. Click here to see the full recommendation memo.
  • Sports Leadership and Management Academy – Addition of dual credit: The Board conditionally approved the addition of a dual credit program that provides both high school and college credits to students for successful completion of courses. Click here to see the full recommendation memo.

Board Heard Update on SPCSA Financial Performance Framework Ratings

The framework is used to determine if a school is financially viable and to inform high-stakes decisions. SPCSA Staff provided an overview of the development of the framework, and associated indicators, approved in January of 2019. As of December 4, audits have been performed. Final data will be presented to the Board on January 22, 2021.

Click here to download the presentation.


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