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October 22, 2014

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Jim Rogers out of contention for schools superintendent

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Jim Rogers

Three finalists for Clark County schools superintendent will be announced this week, and former Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Jim Rogers says he won’t be among them.

Rogers said the search firm McPherson and Jacobson told him Tuesday morning that the finalists will be three sitting superintendents. “I said, ‘Thanks and goodbye.’ And that was it,” he said.

Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun columnist and host of "Face to Face With Jon Ralston," first broke the story in a news flash Tuesday afternoon.

“Never thought I’d end up with the job,” Rogers said. “It was just a question of when I was going to get shut out of it.”

The three finalists will be announced at a 3 p.m. press conference on Thursday before the regular Clark County School Board meeting.

Rogers said he initially was interested in a position as interim superintendent, but after receiving encouragement from the Hispanic community — including a petition with 7,000 signatures — he decided to pursue the full-time job.

The Hispanic community “continued to express their frustration with not being heard and not being responded to,” he said. “I agreed that I would throw my hat in the ring.”

Rogers said if he had gotten the job, he would have worked to strengthen communication between the public and the school board. He also wanted to encourage more responsibility from parents.

“Too many of the parents have not been engaged in the education system,” he said. “In many cases, they have looked to the system to do more than educate, but to raise them.”

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  1. I'll second that, teacher...
    I've been beating that drum for a long time.
    There's just no substitute for it.

  2. Why am I not surprised that the wholly ineffective, turf protecting "educational professionals" who run the Clark County School District do not want Jim Rogers for Superintendent?

    Why am I not surprised that the moronic sheep who are the Clark County School District's elected officials do not want Jim Rogers for Superintendent?

    Competence and intelligence is clearly what these entrenched bureaucrats and useless elected weasels fear.

    Last night, the man who brought in Michelle Rhee to ruthlessly reform the District of Columbia Public Schools was defeated. She was actually turning the horrible school system around, much to the consternantion of its incompetent "professional" administrations, principals and teachers, who were the force in defeating the man who hired her.

    I hear that Superintendent Michelle Rhee will be available soon. If the incompetent nincompoops who run the Clark County School District really DO want to improve the Clark County Schools, they should hold off on these three unknown candidates and hire Michelle Rhee.

    Of course, they won't do that because she would upset their sweet apple cart.

    Keep taking home those checks CCSD administrators, principals and teachers, and forget about the fact that you grotesquely fail 50% or more of your students.

  3. cpo-I agree with you. It's amazing how they've taken a wrecking ball to ch3 news. I can only imagine the backstabbing that went on as the staff tried to save their own skins.