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Parents and Students Protest Teacher Resignations

(LAS VEGAS CBS KXNT) A student protest staged by the Clark County Education Association on Monday put a spotlight on the resignations of 15 veteran  teachers who are leaving because of the district’s performance assessment policies.

About 200 elementary school students marched and chanted, while one parent and at least one teacher accused the principal of Vegas Verdes Elementary of issuing unduly harsh evaluations in order to push the teachers out the door.

The protestors shouted down a lone activist who used a bullhorn to speak to them in Spanish.  Andreas Mendoza said he was trying to tell the parents that the they were being used by the teachers union, and that they should instead show up at school board meetings to air their concerns.

A spokesperson for the Clark County School District said Vegas Verdes is an underperforming school, and a new principal has been assigned to turn it around.

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