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LAS VEGAS -- Realtors said they are having a hard time selling houses because schools in the Las Vegas valley have earned a poor reputation.

On Wednesday, the real estate organization CCIM – certified commercial investment member – met with top education leaders to hear firsthand about the positive aspects of valley schools.

Realtors such as CCIM Las Vegas President Brian Sorrentino said they need to know about positive improvements in schools to attract more homebuyers to Las Vegas.

"Above and beyond, there's a lot of positives to move here," he said. "Climate is one of them, cost of living now, it's come back. The big piece of the puzzle that we're missing that's really an obstacle is education."

Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones acknowledged the state's low graduation rates, test scores and budget concerns, but added that change is happening at a slow, but steady, pace.

"(There is) still work to be done, but progress is happening," he said.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas President Neal Smatresk spoke on the university's diversity initiative.

"We're ranked the 10th most diverse institution in the country for a big university and that's great news," he said.

To complement a variety of students, Smatresk said he hired 78 new faculty members, mostly women and minorities recruited from the University of California, Berkeley and Ivy League universities, Yale and Harvard.

Representatives from the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College spoke about improvements in technology and community partnerships, news realtors said they need to sell houses.

"I think the community understands that there is an issue and everybody is coming together to work on those issues together," Sorrentino said.

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