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Las Vegas Chamber Releases First in Education Report Series

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has released their First in Education Report Series.

The study on K-12 student achievement testing reveals that Nevada continues to rank well below national averages on standardized student proficiency exams administered to elementary school, middle school, and college-bond high-school students.

The report also notes that often cited national tests are given to only a select number of students in each state and in fact "no comprehensive, national comparison of the proficiency of all students has ever been undertaken, let alone published.

RTC Changes Will Help NW Commuters

LAS VEGAS -- The Regional Transportation Commission implemented a major service change over weekend with the introduction of two new bus services.

The RTC's ACExpress C line debuted. It will provide an express transit route that will begin at the new Centennial Hills Transit Center and Park & Ride facility at U.S. 95 and Durango. The line will provide an express connection to Downtown Las Vegas, utilizing the carpool lanes along U.S. 95. The ACExpress will then make stops on the Las Vegas Strip at Spring Mountain Road and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The other major service changes involves the ACE Gold line which will provide a rapid transit connection between Downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Strip and the RTC's South Strip Transfer Terminal. It will  compliment the Deuce on the Strip route.

Nevada College Aid Fund Nearly Broke

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A fund intended to pay for the college education of Nevada children whose parents died while serving as police officers or firefighters is nearly broke. The Trust Fund for the Education of Dependent Children has less than $4,000 in it. State officials say it will probably drop to $3,000 by the end of the semester.

The fund has paid for the college education of 18 students since its inception in 1995. Six students are currently using it at universities and community colleges across the state. Education leaders say they plan to vote next month on whether to ask a legislative committee for an influx of cash to keep the fund going until the full Legislature can replenish it next year.

 

 

 

 

 

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CCSD School Board Rejects Converting all Year-Round Schools

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School Board has rejected a money saving proposal to switch all of its year-round elementary schools to a nine-month calendar. Instead, they will only convert 21 of the 76 year-round schools to the nine-month schedule. 

Even though converting all of the schools would have saved millions and it was a well-supported idea among respondent who took a district survey, many school employees objected.  

The district's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Weiler said converting all of the year-round schools would save the district $18 million and mean fewer layoffs as the district attempts to meet a $125 million budget shortfall.

The board ended up agreeing with unions representing bus drivers and food service workers.

School Board Votes To Reject Money Saving Proposal

The Clark County School board votes to reject money saving proposal to accelerate plan to turn year round schools to 9 month schools. They will stick to only converting 21 of 76 schools to 9 month campuses.

CCSD CFO Jeff Wyler says accelerating that plan would save $8 million.

But teacher and support staff unions objected, saying it would leave their members effectively unpaid for 3 months out of the year.

Survey: Las Vegas is Growing and Residents Hopeful

LAS VEGAS -- Believe it or not, Las Vegas is growing. The new Las Vegas Perspective was released Tuesday detailing what parts of the valley grew, what shrank and where the city is going.

There's a lot of good news in the book. Surprisingly, the population grew despite the number of construction and other jobs lost.

The number of occupied houses also rose and so did the average household income.

The population surpassed 2 million in Clark County last year. All urban areas, with the exception of Boulder City, reported growth.

The average age in the valley is 36 and it's split almost 50-50 along gender lines.

Fifty-two-percent of residents are Caucasian, 28-percent are Hispanic, 9-percent are African American and 6-percent are Asian, along with a handful others.

Experts say most of the people surveyed are more concerned about health care and education than about the foreclosure crisis.

CCSD Wants Community Input on School Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Parents, students, teachers, and other community members are now weighing in on the tough issue of school budget cuts. An online survey will gauge where everyone feels the cuts should or should not be made.

The 16 question survey only takes a few minutes to fill out.  The questions deal with critical issues such as campus security, school transportation, teacher layoffs, and even closing schools.

Strong opinions are pouring in. Some of the questions come as little surprise and garner a mixed reaction. For example,  should sports and extra-curricular activities be eliminated to save a combined $11 million dollars?

"Let the kids be kids; let them have their sports," said one parent.

"Out of everything, maybe it is sports I would cut," said another person.