An arbitrator decided that the Clark County School District does not have to continue to pay 17,000 teachers the raises they were given at the start of the school year. The teachers don't have to pay the money back but their salaries will return to the 2011-2012 figures. Is it fair to take someone's raise away? How will the district use that money now?
We can remember those special teachers who had a profound affect on our lives. When we were in their classroom their passion and energy sparked within us creativity and drive. How do they do it? When half of teachers quit the profession within the first five years, how do some teachers recharge that energy year in and year out and motivate our students to great achievement?
Teachers in southern Nevada and across the country are feeling greater pressures from lawmakers and parents, less job security in light of tougher evaluation systems and stresses in the classroom from bigger classes and tougher students. What are teachers feeling about the way their field is changing? What do Clark County teachers feel about the new rules that change the way they will be evaluated and promoted (or fired)? And, what do educators in southern Nevada think of their new superintendent? Start the conversation before the show.
The legislative session is over and the cuts to the Clark County School District aren't as bad as expected. With new found money in the state budget the district won't have to make mass layoffs and will even be able to afford to bring back some support staff. While the legislature was busy figuring out what and where to cut CCSD Superintendent, Dwight Jones was busy coming up with a plan for reforms he would like to implement in the district. Dwight Jones joins us to talk about his plan for academic improvement at CCSD and the outcome of the 2011 legislature.
Clark County Superintendent, Walt Rulffes joins us for the conclusion of our summer series on education. How will the district deal with another round of budget cuts? Are teacher in danger of losing their jobs? Given the district's financial and academic problems what does the district need in its next leader?