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Lawmakers question power of non-voting CCSD board members

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State lawmakers are calling into question a proposal that would limit the powers of four new, non-voting members of the Clark County school board.

Under a law passed in the 2023 legislative session, each local government in Clark County now has a non-voting representative at school board meetings.

Those representatives were sworn in during a special meeting earlier this month. However, the Board of Trustees' seven voting members approved a motion last week that could potentially strip the new trustees of their ability to help shape policy.

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The proposed changes have drawn criticism from both state and local leaders. They say the change would stifle the new trustees’ voices and violate the state’s new hybrid school board law.

Las Vegas Democrat Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod is the chair of the Assembly Education Committee. She told KNPR’s State of Nevada that lawmakers would review the law during the next legislative session.

“I was actually the primary co-sponsor on that bill — Assembly Bill 175 — and yeah, we haven't heard the end of them not being able to make motions.”

School Board President Evelyn Garcia Morales said, in spite of the vote, trustees remain committed to fully engaging new members to improve student outcomes.

The CCSD board will vote on the final rule changes during a public hearing on January 25.

Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.
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