Supt. Austin Beutner Releases Plans for Improving LAUSD

L.A. Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner has released details of a much anticipated plan to reduce administrative bureaucracy and improve student outcomes in the nation’s second largest public school district.

As LAist reports, the idea is largely centered on empowering school principals. The crux of Beutner’s plan is a reduction in red tape which would ideally free up time and resources for principals and educators to spend on students. The changes include a reduction in the number of certifications administrators need from 147 to 103 through the elimination of unnecessary or redundant requirements.

Notably, the memo does not include a proposal to break the district up into 32 “networks” as was once under consideration. That idea drew quick condemnation from the teachers unions and, during the strike, UTLA made it clear that was a prospect it was unwilling to accept.

A copy of the memo containing Beutner’s plan is available here