Questions over LAUSD chief’s extended medical leave intensify as new semester begins

Jan 7, 2018 by

The Los Angeles Unified School District is poised to start the spring semester next week amid lingering questions about when ailing Supt. Michelle King will return to the job, leaving what some see as a leadership gap in the face of daunting challenges.

Though day-to-day decision-making has been handed over to an acting superintendent, King’s long-term strategic plan has been in limbo during her four-month absence. Some efforts, including one to reduce the number of students who miss weeks of school, appear to be moving forward without King.

L.A. Unified is confronting budget deficits, labor negotiations and internal disagreements over reform strategies.

“You can’t have a ship without a captain,” said Victoria Castro, a school board member from 1993 to 2001. “I feel that Michelle is holding the district or board members hostage by not disclosing her illness. We’re all being held hostage because of her illness and of having no definite date of her return.”

Source: Questions over LAUSD chief’s extended medical leave intensify as new semester begins – LA Times

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