LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District (CCSD) parents and local advocates held a demonstration ahead of a regular board meeting Thursday to demand concrete changes, after more than a year of distance learning.
“If mental health isn’t enough, if I’m not enough, I don’t know what will be,” said a CCSD student during the board meeting’s public comment portion.
Though most students are back learning in person either full time or on a hybrid plan, parents told 8 News Now they’re still seeing problems.
“The failure that I have felt as a parent for the last 388 days,” CCSD parent Abby McCoy said of her experience. “Every single day.”
Experiences like this spurred multiple groups, including Community Schools Initiative, Power2Parent, Nevada School Coalition and Break Up CCSD, to gather outside Las Vegas Academy of The Arts to make their voices heard.
Those present called for several things, including the division of CCSD into several districts.
“When you have a district that is so huge, it’s got layers upon layers of bureaucracy,” McCoy said. “And nothing can get done because everyone is overwhelmed by the steps it takes to get things done.”
Another main concern was school choice. Parents told us they want kids across Clark County to have access to better education options.
“The pandemic has shown that students do not have equal access to high quality education,” Annette Dawson Owens of Community Schools Initiative said. “And so that’s what we are calling on.”
However, above all, they said their efforts boil down to one simple message: they want those in charge to put children first.
“We as taxpayers put money out for our child,” CCSD parent Buddy Hampton concluded. “Why can’t we have a voice on how to spend it?’
During the meeting, CCSD Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara also discussed next year’s tentative budget, along with any legislative items related to education.
They did not respond directly to parent and student demands.