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In brief: Summerlin gets bigger, a taiko drum conference at UNLV and more

Getting schooled The Nevada Legislature just passed a “historic” measure that will reportedly add more than $600 million to education funding over the next two years. According to the Las Vegas Sun, that’s a gain of about 16 percent, the impetus being that it might affect other numbers Nevadans aren’t so happy about—like national ranks for per-pupil spending and academic success. Gov. Sandoval called it the beginning of “a new era of public education in Nevada, a time when our students and schools are a priority in our communities.” —Erin Ryan

Building blocks Summerlin is still getting bigger. The master-planned community is breaking ground for the Cliffs, a 1,700-home development in the shadow of the Spring Mountains just south of Bishop Gorman High School, with a ceremony on June 10. This is not just a shovels-in-the-dirt occasion; there’ll be skydivers. Wet ‘N’ Wild is within the Cliffs’ footprint, as is Faiss Middle School. Summerlin president Kevin Orrock called the development “a sure sign of the Valley’s continuing economic recovery.” —Brock Radke

Drum circle For the first time ever, the North American Taiko Conference is landing in Las Vegas. The conference launched in 1997, to support the growth and create awareness for taiko, the ancient cultural art of Japanese drumming. NATC will hit UNLV June 11-14, highlighted by Taiko Ten, a free community concert featuring local performers on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the student union courtyard, and Taiko Jam 2015, a concert featuring ensembles from all over on June 13 at 8 p.m. ($30) at Artemus Ham Hall. —BR

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