Michelle King Named LAUSD Superintendent
After five months of recruitment and discussion the Los Angeles Unified school District board has selected Michelle King as the chief of schools.
The selection was internal – King was the Chief Deputy Superintendent. Some feel that this has made her a more reliable choice as she is familiar with the system.
Other candidates included St. Louis Supt. Kelvin Adams, Fremont Supt. Jim Morris and San Francisco Supt. Richard Carranza — who withdrew earlier this month. However, while these candidates have proven track records, board members preferred King because of her knowledge of LAUSD. She began as a principal, then a senior administrator, working her up through the educational system in Los Angeles.
She will lead the 650,000 students in the district from 28 cities – the majority of whom are Latino, from low-income families, and English learners.
King replaces Ramon C. Cortines who retired at the beginning of the year. King’s appointment marks the ninth time in 20 years that a new leader has been hired for LAUSD.
Read more at The Los Angeles Times