Canavero fa­vors reg­u­la­tions

Says state hop­ing to fine-tune rules for CCSD re­vamp

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA - By Meghin Delaney Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

Is­sues raised by the state-man­dated re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Clark County School District may be ad­dressed through new reg­u­la­tions by the state Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ne­vada’s top ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial said Thurs­day.

An Oct. 26 work­shop will ad­dress some of the is­sues that have cropped up in the first year of the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion man­dated by the Ne­vada Leg­is­la­ture. The re­struc­tur­ing was aimed at push­ing more de­ci­sion-mak­ing into the hands of prin­ci­pals and school com­mu­ni­ties in an ef­fort to in­crease stu­dent achieve­ment.

Un­der the law, State Su­per­in­ten­dent of In­struc­tion Steve Canavero has the power to de­ter­mine if Clark County is fol­low­ing its pro­vi­sions. Canavero said he hopes the reg­u­la­tion process will pro­vide fur­ther guid­ance on cer­tain is­sues and help clear up dis­agree­ments over the law’s im­ple­men­ta­tion, such as an on­go­ing le­gal bat­tle between the district and the city of Mesquite over fund­ing for ru­ral schools.

“There are some nu­ances there that are real, and so with work­ing with CCSD, we found it a smart move to de­fine small and ru­ral

schools,” Canavero said.

Some of the other is­sues Canavero hopes to ad­dress through reg­u­la­tion in­clude:

■ Pro­vid­ing a safe and re­spect­ful en­vi­ron­ment for mem­bers of the state-man­dated school or­ga­ni­za­tional teams. Some team mem­bers have voiced con­cerns that they might be re­tal­i­ated against for rais­ing ideas and con­cerns dur­ing meet­ings.

■ Fur­ther defin­ing the ar­eas prin­ci­pals have con­trol over once they’ve been al­lo­cated money from the school district.

■ Bet­ter defin­ing what “small” and “ru­ral” schools are. The city of Mesquite has al­ready sued the Clark County School District over how the city has funded Mesquite’s ru­ral schools, say­ing the district is vi­o­lat­ing a pro­vi­sion of the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion law.

■ Clar­i­fy­ing the time­line in which schools should get their bud­gets from the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

■ Es­tab­lish­ing ser­vice-level agree­ments between schools and the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Canavero said schools should know ex­actly what ser­vices from the cen­tral ad­min­is­tra­tion cost and what they’re get­ting for their money.

“This is by no means the end of the reg­u­la­tory dis­cus­sion,” Canavero said, adding that other is­sues may come up dur­ing the work­shop.

The pro­posed reg­u­la­tions won’t ad­dress one of the district’s big­gest con­cerns about the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion process, which is money. The district is fac­ing a bud­get short­fall between $50 mil­lion and $60 mil­lion and has said the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion has been part of the prob­lem.

But chang­ing the fund­ing for­mula would re­quire amend­ments to a sep­a­rate law. The pro­pos­als Canavero wants to work into reg­u­la­tions would ac­com­pany the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion law.

Con­tact Meghin Delaney at 702-383-0281 or mde­laney@ re­viewjour­nal.com. Fol­low @ Meghin­de­laney on Twit­ter.

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