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Trustees Announce Zoom Schools

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LAS VEGAS -- Zoom schools will be one of several hot topics during Clark County School Board of Trustee's meeting Thursday evening.

The school district is labeling 14 schools that are struggling to meet the needs of English language learners, or ELL, as the so-called zoom schools.

Trustees announced the following schools will be labeled zoom schools:

  • Arturo Cambeiro Elementary School
  • Ollie Detwiler Elementary School
  • Robert Lunt Elementary School
  • Dean Petersen Elementary School
  • Rose Warren Elementary School
  • Manuel J. Cortez Elementary School
  • Ruben P. Diaz Elementary School
  • Reynaldo Martinez Elementary School
  • Bertha Ronzone Elementary School
  • Tom Williams Elementary School
  • Lois Craig Elementary School
  • Fay Herron Elementary School
  • Paradise Elementary School
  • Myrtle Tate Elementary School

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the historic ELL bill in June, affecting 67,000 Nevada students who are considered English language learners.

Of those students, 75 percent are below average in reading and more than half are underperforming in math.

The legislation pours $50 million statewide into about 14 schools. Clark County is expected to receive about $20 million for the next two school years.

The funds add prekindergarten programs to schools that don't have them and also full-day kindergarten. It also reduces class sizes in kindergarten though third grades.

The funding puts the focus on reading development.

Also on the agenda, board members will implement the state-funded, full-day kindergarten program, adding $37 million to the general school board fund the next two school years.

Studies show that students who fall behind by third grade never recover. Intervention is expected for all ELL students, but a focus will be on students through the third grade.

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