Education

Expert critics of Common Core to face
NDE officials in unique public events

Forums designed to give lawmakers, parents, teachers
the chance to learn and ask questions

Two nationally recognized educators — both critics of the controversial Common Core State Standards — are scheduled to participate next week with representatives of the Nevada Department of Education in two public examinations of the pros and cons of Common Core.

The visiting experts are Dr. James Milgram, former member of the NASA Advisory Council and professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford University, and Dr. Sandra Stotsky, professor emerita at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Education Reform. Stotsky is renowned for developing some of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students while serving as Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education.

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Education

Federal education officials: Nevada can’t charge dad to look at children’s records

Dozens of mistakes identified in now-viewable records

LAS VEGAS — Remember the Nevada dad who was told it would cost him over $10,000 to see the records the State of Nevada has on his children, a story first reported by Nevada Journal?

He’s been allowed to view those records — without being charged — following intervention by the federal Department of Education. Student information warehoused in the Nevada State Longitudinal Data System, said federal officials, constitutes education records under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and therefore must be open to inspection by parents.

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Double-dipping ex-purchasing director
reportedly repays school district

But CCSD keeps key findings of internal probe hidden from public

A Clark County School District investigation into apparent paid-leave abuse by the district’s former purchasing director has resulted in a repayment to the district.

“The District conducted its investigation in an expeditious manner once the information regarding Ms. Tollen’s working in Washington State was discovered,” wrote Melinda Malone, CCSD’s press secretary, in an email last week. The District, said Malone, “was able to recover all monies it believed it was owed.”

Both the amount of money involved and the extent of abuse remains unknown, however. District officials did not respond to multiple inquiries seeking the amount of money recouped.

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Former NSEA staffer accuses
union of racial discrimination

A former employee of the Nevada State Education Association is suing his former employer, union over what he calls “textbook” racism.

CCSD spent over $13,000 discussing controversial sex-ed program

The Clark County School District spent over $13,000 this year to discuss the child sex-education advocacy program that made headlines when it was reported that the district was considering teaching masturbation to Kindergartners.

Charter-school parents fear
the creeping CCSD mindset

Pinecrest Academy’s board seen as distancing itself from parent concerns

Medicaid patients to be the
surprise victims of margin tax

If the margin tax passes, it will claim a group of unlikely victims: Medicaid patients.

Harry Reid’s gifts to ‘greedy’
insurance companies were hidden
behind populist, anti-insurer rants

His ‘ACA’ law forces all Americans to buy industry products,
channels billions into company coffers, sets up taxpayer bailouts

CCSD police dispatcher transferred
from post as new details emerge in
Angela Peterson death case

Jail-house phone call: “My mom’s going to go to jail now.”

Mom-and-pop business worries
about indirect impacts of margin tax

Small business owner sees costs increasing if margin tax passes,
even through his business doesn’t meet $1 million threshold

Utah hotel settles immigration case with feds

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