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Public News Service - NV: Education

One program on the chopping block in President Donald Trump's budget helps schools improve technology education. (Jdurham/Morguefile)

LAS VEGAS – Some education advocates are criticizing President Donald Trump's new 2019 budget proposal because it zeroes out funding for several programs that benefit students. The $4.4 trillion budget increases defense spending but envisions deep cuts in domestic spending. For example, it w

In northern Nevada alone, people gave more than 25,000 volunteer hours to the food bank last year. (FBNN)

MCCARRAN, Nev. – This holiday season, food banks across Nevada will feed hundreds of thousands of people – and food bank operators say they need help. Food drop-off boxes can be found all around town, and people are being asked to volunteer their time and keep the food banks in mind wh

Teachers could lose tax deductions for student-loan interest, and for the extra classroom supplies they purchase, under the GOP tax proposal. (Shironosov/iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS – Education groups blasted the GOP tax plan unveiled on Thursday - saying that eliminating most state and local tax deductions will blow a hole in education budgets, and put about 700 jobs at risk in Nevada alone. An analysis by the National Education Association shows the move cou

A new report shows the enrollment gap between Latinos and other student groups has almost closed in four-year colleges, but the news isn't so good for graduation rates. (renjishino/Wikimedia Commons)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Latinos in Nevada are making educational gains, but they still lag far behind other groups in high school and college graduation rates, according to a new report. Researchers at Georgetown University found that 34 percent of Latinos don't graduate from high school, compar

If Senate Bill 506 passes, Nevada would become the 13th state (plus Washington, D.C.) to institute a school voucher program. (jdurham/morguefile)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - As the end of the Nevada legislative session approaches, Gov. Brian Sandoval's school voucher bill is the subject of intense lobbying. Senate Bill 506 would set aside $60 million to fund educational savings accounts, giving families who apply up to $5,900 a year to send their ch

A town-hall meeting Saturday in Las Vegas on school vouchers will spotlight research that shows students in public schools excel in math compared with their private-school counterparts. (cohdra/morguefile)

LAS VEGAS - Opponents of school vouchers are holding a town-hall meeting on Saturday in Las Vegas to spotlight research that says public schools outperform private schools on some measures. University of Illinois professors Christopher and Sarah Lubienski will be the featured speakers. Sarah Lubien

Nevada education leaders are concerned about the future of public-school funding with Tuesday's close vote confirming Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. (Melpomenem/iStockphoto)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Leaders of the state's largest public employee union are slamming the Senate confirmation Tuesday of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos is a wealthy Republican donor who has been active for decades in the school choice movement that promotes vouchers that can be u

Public-education advocates are speaking out after supporters of school vouchers rallied across the state on Wednesday. (melpomenem/iStockphotos)

LAS VEGAS -- Supporters of public education are speaking out after hundreds rallied for school vouchers in Las Vegas and Carson City on Wednesday. Every January, supporters of school vouchers celebrate what they call School Choice Week, with events across the country. In Nevada they are pressing th

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