‘Change must happen’ — Austin Beutner is introduced as superintendent and vows to start with LAUSD’s culture
*Updated May 2 Austin Beutner is ready to make hard choices to bring about change. “It starts with culture. LA Unified has to become an institution that looks at each issue with the mindset ‘We can do this’ and is willing to change to achieve that objective,” the new superintendent said Wednesday at his introductory...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 2, 2018
Austin Beutner is named superintendent as board members choose strong leadership to tackle LAUSD’s deep academic and fiscal challenges
The elected leaders of Los Angeles’s public schools sent a strong signal Tuesday that LA needs bold leadership, choosing Los Angeles businessman Austin Beutner as superintendent of schools. Beutner is both an insider and an outsider. He has deep ties in Los Angeles and a demonstrated commitment to civic service. The former investment banker served...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero and Laura Greanias | May 1, 2018
LAUSD students to board members: We need a superintendent who will make brave decisions in supporting all — not just some — of us!
An open letter by LAUSD students, to the Los Angeles Unified School Board members: We are a group of students that recognize our voices and experiences should give us the opportunity to participate in decisions made about our education. We hope you take our perspective into consideration as you undertake your most important duty...
By LA School Report | April 16, 2018
Robin Lake to LAUSD: Stop searching for the next superhero — hand your schools the cape
For the fifth time in the past 10 years, LAUSD is searching for a new superintendent. The school board’s list of required qualifications likely include: • Able to drive and execute on an academic improvement vision for more than 640,000 students. • Able to turn around or close hundreds of low-performing schools. • Able to...
By Robin Lake | April 2, 2018
Emilio Pack and Cristina de Jesus: The only way forward is partnership
What kind of superintendent does the Los Angeles Unified School District need? It’s not an easy question to answer but it’s a deeply important one, especially at a moment when the district is facing crucial decisions not just about its own future, but also about the future of the 630,000 kids it serves. One of...
By Emilio Pack and Cristina de Jesus | March 21, 2018
LAUSD 2040 and the search for our next superintendent
Dear Board Members García, Gonez, McKenna, Melvoin, Rodriguez, Schmerelson, and Vladovic: Your choice for LAUSD’s next superintendent will be one of the most important decisions in the history of the district. No one envies the complex choices and tradeoffs you face in the years ahead as you navigate monumental decisions related to fiscal stability and...
By Russ Altenburg and Margeaux Randolph | March 12, 2018
LAUSD superintendent search moves ahead quickly — application deadline is March 14
* Updated Feb. 28 The LA Unified school board is moving forward quickly to find a new superintendent and has set a March 14 deadline for applications. The board will start reviewing applications after the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates has vetted the applicants and expects to make its selection in April....
By Mike Szymanski | February 27, 2018
Los Angeles needs a superintendent who puts students first
This is part of a new commentary series where local and national education leaders share their thoughts on a fundamental question: As Los Angeles Unified seeks its next superintendent, what should leadership look like at the top? Read and share the first four pieces and follow our superintendent series for more voices and updates. One of the...
By William E.B. Siart and Myrna Castrejón | February 25, 2018
What leadership looks like: Stakeholders weigh in on the qualities they hope to see in LAUSD’s next superintendent
With a formal search now underway for Los Angeles Unified’s next superintendent, stakeholders have lots of ideas on the qualities our next district leader should have. In a new commentary series launching today, local and national education leaders share their thoughts on a fundamental question: What should leadership look like at the top? The district...
By LA School Report | February 19, 2018
Speak UP’s Katie Braude & Jenny Hontz: A fearless leader has the opportunity to make an enormous difference
With declining enrollment, a looming fiscal crisis, and a persistent racial and socioeconomic achievement gap, LAUSD is at a critical juncture as it searches for a new superintendent to lead through turbulent times. Many of us have witnessed decades of “reforms” that have had no significant impact on closing the achievement gap or addressing the...
By Katie Braude and Jenny Hontz | February 19, 2018