L.A. Unified school board still struggling to name leader
After meeting behind closed doors for about five hours Tuesday, the L.A. Board of Education adjourned without naming a new leader for the city school district.
“This is very, very hard work, as it should be,” said school board President Steve Zimmer. “There has not been one moment in which the weight of this decision, and those who are affected by it, have not been present in the room. I’m very proud of this board.”
The seven-member school board began a national search for a new leader in the fall. Ramon C. Cortines came out of retirement 14 months ago to serve as interim superintendent after John Deasy resigned under pressure in October 2014. Cortines, 83, had run the district twice before and was seen as a stabilizing force in the L.A. Unified School District but not as a permanent replacement.