By Thomas Mitchell
Friday, October 28, the print editions of the morning newspaper and the insert from a former newspaper carried contrasting lede editorials on whether Clark County School Superintendent Jesus Jara should be allowed to keep his job as the matter comes up at school board meeting.
The R-J points out that student achievement under Jara has been abysmal. Granted there has been a pandemic, but the paper editorializes, “Mr. Jara had the no-win task of leading the district though a pandemic. That was disruptive and beyond the district’s control. But leaders are paid to adapt and overcome, not to be swept helplessly along by current events.”
Not only have basic proficiency scores plummeted, the paper notes, but under Jara the district has weakened its grading policy:
“Instead of a renewed focus on academic excellence — particularly after the disaster of remote learning — Mr. Jara pushed this summer to dumb down the district’s grading policy. Allowing numerous test retakes and mandating minimum scores of 50 percent should push grades higher, even if students know less. This is a fraud on parents and an affront to students who take their classroom work seriously.”
Meanwhile, over at the Sun insert the lede editorial is headlined:
“CCSD superintendent has earned support of community, school board.” The uberliberal paper attributes opposition to Jara to the allegedly
right-wing anti-vax and anti-mask crowd and shrug off the pathetic lack of academic accomplishment by the superintendent and his underlings.
The editorial blathers: “Ideally, board members would pull together and support Jara as he continues to lead the district out of the crisis, as opposed to serving a loud group of anti-vax, anti-mask parents whose heads have been filled with misinformation and disinformation on vaccines and COVID safety. If left to their own devices, these parents would throw caution to the wind and leave children at risk.”
In an incredible display of that much touted equity, the Sun editorial was supposed to have been printed Wednesday, but via some unexplained
backshop error the entire Wednesday editorial page was actually the same as was printed on Oct. 22, and October 28 the R-J online lede
editorial online is the same as was printed on Oct. 12.
Nice to have opinion options … and fair is fair.