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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2017 


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Public News Service - NV: Education

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

Protesters opposing President-elect Trump's Cabinet picks gathered outside Sen. Dean Heller's office on Tuesday. (Nevada State Education Assn.)

LAS VEGAS – Progressive advocates protested several of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks on Tuesday, in front of Senator Dean Heller's office in Las Vegas. They cited issues with some of the policies advocated by nominees for U.S. Attorney General, the Secretaries of Labor, Educatio

A new report says the rhetoric of the presidential campaign is causing stress and even an increase in bullying among the nation's students. (Wikimedia Commons)

LAS VEGAS - A new study suggests that divisive campaign rhetoric is frightening students, particularly those who fear that undocumented family members could be deported. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center report, "The Trump Effect: The Impact of The Presidential Campaign on Our Nation's S

Public education advocates are praising the Nevada Supreme Court's decision to strike down a school voucher system. (melpomenem/iStockphoto)

LAS VEGAS – Public-education advocates are praising the Nevada Supreme Court's decision on Thursday to strike down the school voucher system as unconstitutional. The ACLU and the group "Educate Nevada Now" had sued to stop the voucher program from going into effect, and the court decided that

Opposition is building to a plan to raise hotel taxes to put $750 million toward a football stadium. (cohdra/morguefile)

LAS VEGAS – Progressive groups are speaking out against Gov. Brian Sandoval's new proposal to raise taxes on hotel rooms in an effort to secure $750 million for a new football stadium he hopes would lure the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The governor is expected to call a special session of

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