Dwight Jones came to Las Vegas in October 2010 with a four-year contract, an annual salary of $270,000 and $100,000-plus in benefits to be Clark County School District superintendent. Hired after a costly months-long, secretive recruiting process, he brought the Colorado Growth Model to measure student achievement by annual improvement, but teachers and administrators found this system imposed on them without preparation. He imported high-priced consultants, including some old friends. Then he resigned in March because of his mother’s ill health. She lives in Dallas. He moved back to Colorado, without having made much of a dent—except, apparently, in further reducing school district morale, with the district still among the nation’s lowest-rated.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.