- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on a vote to approve an overhaul of Clark County School District’s administrative structure (all times local):

4:37 p.m.

The Nevada Board of Education has voted unanimously in favor of a dramatic plan to shift the balance of power from a central office to the more than 300 schools in the Clark County School District.

Proponents of the reorganization plan approved Thursday say it’s important for Nevada to act boldly, arguing the status quo hasn’t improved the state’s bottom-ranking public school system.

The plan fine-tuned over the past 14 months calls for an “empowerment” model that gives principals and their volunteer boards control over about 80 percent of the money flowing to their schools. Critics scrutinized the details of the plan, asking whether it will distribute resources equitably.

A panel of 12 legislators still must approve the final regulations that passed Thursday. That vote is expected on Sept. 9.


3:26 a.m.

The Nevada Board of Education is deciding whether to move forward with a dramatic plan that would shift the balance of power in the Clark County School District.

Board members are scheduled to vote Thursday whether to adopt what’s called an “empowerment” model that would diminish the control of the central district office and give principals more autonomy over their budgets.

Nevada lawmakers started the process last year when they passed a bill that originally envisioned breaking up the nation’s fifth largest school district into a handful of smaller units. The plan has evolved to call for each school to be its own “precinct” with a volunteer board.

Proponents say it will cut bureaucratic obstacles, while critics wonder whether it will treat richer and poorer schools equitably.

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