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Garcetti’s Education Staffing Plans Unclear

Hillel Aron | June 4, 2013



Garcetti and Tuck outside 99th Street Elementary School

Eric Garcetti visiting 99th Street Elementary, a Partnership for LA school

On Friday, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti named longtime advisor Rich Llewellyn to oversee his transition team.

According to the LA Timeshe’ll help “identify hundreds of people who will work in his office and serve as political appointees.”

The big question in education circles is whether Garcetti will have an education team like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa before him, including a Deputy Mayor for education?

So far, at least, the answer isn’t clear.

“The positions aren’t set in stone,” said campaign spokesman Jeff Millman, who’s helping out with the transition. “There could be differences… It’s a total blank slate. Obviously, there’s gonna be some education component.”

The Mayor-elect didn’t have anyone on the campaign assigned solely to cover education issues, though his wife has a background on education reform.

Garcetti, who takes office on July 1, may not himself know yet what his education team, if any, will look like. As Millman said: “We’re planning for the planning stage.”

As for current Education Deputy Joan Sullivan, her last day at City Hall is Wednesday. She told LA School Report she has no next job lined up, but is looking forward to taking some time off.

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