Criticism intensifies after decision to cut school deans

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Criticism has intensified against Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara after he announced this week the decision to eliminate all 170 school dean positions.

Jara apologized at the district board meeting Thursday for how he made the announcement — in an online video Monday — but defended the cut that aims to plug a projected $17 million budget deficit.

Jara says the decision was difficult and came from a list of six possible cuts that included the elimination of arts, magnet and athletic programs.

Critics of the cut told district officials that it would put students at risk. The middle and high school deans supervise teachers and oversee school safety.

School principals unanimously gave a vote of no confident in Jara on Wednesday.


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