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Los Angeles Superintendent Answers Few Questions During Parent Meeting Tour

By Sarah Tully — May 31, 2016 1 min read
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New Superintendent Michelle King is making the rounds to meet parents to form a plan for the future of Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest district. But few questions were addressed by King directly during at least one recent meeting, according to the Los Angeles Times.

King, who was named superintendent in January, has emphasized collaboration with parents since her first public appearance in March, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. She has visited about 20 schools during a “listen and learn” tour since then, according to the Times story.

Times reporter Sonali Kohli described a recent meeting in which King took about six questions from the audience of about 150 parents. Much of her talk was about district-wide initiatives, which she has outlined at other town halls, and she directed some parents to take up concerns with other staff members.

The town hall was scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., but King stopped answering questions at 9 a.m. and left by 9:20 a.m., according to The Times story.

“I see us as all working together and all the models sharing across the aisle,” said King according to The Times story. “Not being really separated off into these silos.”

King, who has spent her entire career at Los Angeles Unified, is the district’s first woman in more than 80 years and the first African-American woman chosen to lead the 650,000-student district. Read more about King in Education Week’s District Dossier blog.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the K-12 Parents and the Public blog.