LAUSD Receives $3 Million From Superintendent Beutner’s Wealthy Friends

The new Superintendent for Los Angeles Unified has a lot of wealthy connections, some of which have now donated $3 million to the district.

Superintendent Austin Beutner was appointed in May to replace the retiring Michelle King who left the position to undergo cancer treatment. His appointment was met with controversy as the businessman has no formal education experience.

However, his greatest asset to the district may prove to be his business savvy background, which is what school officials had hoped for.

The donors of the monies include the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the California Endowment, the Weingart Foundation, the California Community Foundation, and the Ballmer Group. The $3 million is being used to create the Fund for Equity and Excellence, which will pay for to hire more leaders, and build engagement with families and students, among other issues.

This influx of cash would seem to be good news for the district, however the teachers union remains critical of all of Beutner’s efforts.

Read more at The Los Angeles Times.