On the K-12 level, the Washoe County School District learned it is losing its superintendent, Heath Morrison, to a comparable job in North Carolina. Since coming here in 2009, Morrison boasted of improved graduation rates en route to the honor of being named National Superintendent of the Year for 2012. Now, the district will have to being its second search in three years for a leader.
At the University of Nevada, Reno, Marc Johnson was officially handed the permanent title of president after serving as the interim for a year. He has faced and will continue to face cuts that threaten the university’s ability to deliver diverse and well-rounded educational opportunities to its students.
The challenge for educators at all levels is preparing young Nevadans for years of training at a time when bachelor’s degrees don’t automatically equate to a good, stable job. Nevada reported gains in employment this week, but the Associated Press analysis on this page shows that a college education isn’t a sure path to prosperity. The state this week got a boost in the form of federal grants targeted at 19 middle schools to help prepare students for college with tutoring and nurturing interests in math, science, engineering and technology. Over seven years, 5,400 students will receive the extra push.
But if students overall are seeing their older brothers and sisters struggle during and after college, how will we motivate them to get a higher education?