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State’s first appointed superintendent of schools resigns

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Dr. James Guthrie

Nevada’s Superintendent of Public Schools resigned on Friday, the governor’s office announced.

“Dr. (James) Guthrie moved to Nevada and helped the state reform how we approach education,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said. “While we continue this work, I thank him for his service to our great state and I wish him the best.”

Current Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Rorie Fitzpatrick has been appointed interim superintendent. Additional details regarding the process for appointment of the next superintendent will be forthcoming, the governor’s statement said.

Guthrie, a Las Vegas resident, was named state superintendent in March 2012, the first to be appointed by the governor.

Until the law change by the 2011 Legislature, the board of education made the decision without input from the governor’s office.

Guthrie is a senior fellow and director of education policy studies at the George W. Bush Institute. He also has been a professor of Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University.

“After passage of education reform in the last legislative session, for Nevada to have access to a figure with a national reputation is the perfect next step,” Sandoval said last year in appointing Guthrie.

Guthrie came under fire from state lawmakers recently when he suggested eliminating class room size reduction and allowing individual school districts to determine where to spend those resources.