News in Brief

L.A. Selects Homegrown Candidate as New Superintendent

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Michelle King, who has spent her entire career in the Los Angeles school district, was named the new superintendent of the nation's second-largest school system last week.

King, 54, becomes the first woman in more than 80 years, and the first African-American woman, to lead the 650,000-student district. Her selection marks the end of a nationwide search that began last fall.

"Ms. King has experience as a teacher, administrator, and top district leader, and is known for her collaboration with parents, teachers, and the community," school board President Steve Zimmer said in a statement.

Michelle King
Michelle King

She succeeds Ramon Cortines, who retired this month, and had led the district since his departure, as well as serving as top deputy for him and his predecessor, John Deasy.

King's deep knowledge of the district will come in handy as she works to stabilize the sprawling, financially challenged district. The school system's budget deficit is expected to rise above $300 million within two school years. She'll also work under an activist school board with often competing interests.

A Los Angeles native and product of the school system, King decided on a teaching career while majoring in biology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She began her 31-year career in the district as a middle school math and science teacher. From there, she rose from assistant principal to principal, chief administrator of secondary instruction, local district superintendent, the superintendent's chief of staff, senior deputy superintendent, and chief deputy superintendent.

Vol. 35, Issue 18, Page 4

Published in Print: January 20, 2016, as L.A. Selects Homegrown Candidate as New Superintendent
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories