Ian Whitaker, LasVegasSun.com

Ian Whitaker


Las Vegas, NV, United States

Contact Ian

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

  • Unknown
  • LasVegasSun.com

Past articles by Ian:

The world of the wash: Ancient waters protect and enhance the valley

The Las Vegas Wash has been a part of Southern Nevada for millions of years and serves a vital role, though many of us don’t even know what it is or what purpose it serves. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on the history of the wash and the ways in which it makes the valley livable. → Read More

Public school advocates rally around bill to update funding formula

SB178 would establish “weights,” simple multipliers that increase the money spent by the state on students who meet certain criteria, such as those still learning English, students with disabilities and those from low-income backgrounds. Research shows that individuals who have to overcome such obstacles to learn need more attention and resources in the classroom. → Read More

Lithium: How a mineral found in Nevada could power our future

The price of a ton of lithium carbonate has more than tripled since 2015, and some projections have global demand doubling in the next decade. That’s because lithium-ion power will be key to renewable energy storage, electric vehicles and the devices that permeate our lives ... → Read More

Nevada State College to offer bachelor’s in deaf studies

Beginning this year, Nevada State College will be the first institution of higher education in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in deaf studies ... → Read More

New data on school vouchers highlights negative outcomes

Studies on the early phases of switching to private school through vouchers show a drop in student performance in English and math and on standardized tests. → Read More

‘It’s just beautiful’: Celebration marks Fremont Middle School’s 60th year

Dozens of people turned out for to celebrate as one of Las Vegas' oldest schools, Fremont Middle School, turned 60. "This school has a history of a lot of goodness ... → Read More

Graduates launch website to support embattled UNLV mascot

Two UNLV graduates are pushing back against claims by a group of students that the university’s mascot, Hey Reb!, is a racist symbol. James Kaikas and David Rapoport, who graduated in 2010 and 2011, respectively, launched the website www.keepheyreb.com on Wednesday, a day after a group of students called for ... → Read More

UNLV students to Jessup: Hey Reb! mascot a symbol of racism

The future of UNLV's mascot may be in question after an anti-racism rally Tuesday on campus. After fielding complaints from students that the mascot projected a racially insensitive image, UNLV President Len Jessup said he would consider ... → Read More

Tuning out turmoil, groups try to build support for Nevada’s school choice program

As lawyers duke it out over the constitutionality of Nevada’s landmark education savings account program and state officials iron out much-needed regulations, a major question facing ESAs has been ... → Read More

School Board’s decision perplexes some on sex ed advisory panel

The Clark County School Board recently voted to give itself the ability to review the proposed changes to sex ed standards before ... → Read More

Reorganizing CCSD: Why Moapa Valley’s proposal would be bombshell

A plan from Moapa Valley on reorganizing the Clark County School District is a bold rewrite of the way CCSD currently does things. There's no guarantee it will ... → Read More

School Board signals it is willing to buck parents on expanding sex ed

Despite loud opposition from a group of parents, the Clark County School Board voted Thursday night to consider expanding middle and high school sex education to include topics like ... → Read More

Analysis: Nevada’s student progress is better than test scores suggest

Nevada got a bit of bad news on its report card recently. Students in the Silver State haven’t really improved that much in reading and math since 2013, according to ... → Read More

Sex ed: See how CCSD’s approach compares to other top U.S. districts

A new report sheds light on how states are teaching sex education. So how does the Clark County School District stack up? Here's a look at how Las Vegas schools compare to ... → Read More

Data: Majority of Nevadans seeking school vouchers live in upscale suburbs

New data provide the first glimpse into who's applying for the state's voucher-like education program. The applicants tend to be wealthy parents of young children, living in ... → Read More

Nevada students continue to struggle on national report card

Nevada students are still below the national average when it comes to reading and math, but they’re doing better after factoring in the state’s diversity. That’s according to ... → Read More

Voucher battle brewing: Private-school parents say they deserve state funds

The new bill that provides state funding for parents to spend on private-school tuition and tutoring for their children has its share of fans. But another group of parents isn't ... → Read More

UNLV has designs on a more collegiate feel

Head to the Arizona State University campus in Tempe and stroll down Mill Avenue. Chances are you’ll see throngs of students crowding wide pedestrian walkways, filing in and out of bars and restaurants, and enjoying the vibrant, college-town atmosphere. It’s radically different from the environment at UNLV and ... → Read More

Desert Oasis High tests new approach to resolving disciplinary problems

Instead of being in isolation at home, the students are kept on campus in a special classroom. They’re still punished, but most important ... → Read More

Money could flow to Education Savings Accounts in February

State Treasurer Dan Schwartz today announced proposed changes to Nevada’s Education Savings Account program that would allow more parents to qualify for subsidies to send their children to private schools. Schwartz proposed exempting kindergartners and ... → Read More