The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) seeks a new superintendent due to the pending retirement of their previous superintendent. The Board of Education wants to partner with a superintendent who embodies a strong focus on excellence through meaningful collaboration and supports the Board’s core values of accountability, courage, diversity, urgency, equity, and a belief that everyone works for each and every child.
The Board looks forward to working with a new superintendent to:
- Lead a system of excellence from cradle to career;
- Ensure adequate and equitable funding reaches classrooms by addressing financial challenges including liability costs and structural deficits;
- Unlock the potential of all of our students by addressing historical inequities in student opportunities and achievement;
- Recruit, retain, support, and empower classroom and school leaders to work with our families and strengthen our schools in the context of local control; and
- Confront policies at the local, state, and federal level that are impediments to student achievement including the chronic underfunding of California public schools
The desired characteristics for the LAUSD superintendent include the abilities to:
- Be bold and courageous – unafraid to make hard decisions in pursuit of equity and academic excellence;
- Understand the financial challenges facing LAUSD and be committed to confronting them;
- Have knowledge of Los Angeles – understand the complexities of the community;
- Be a team builder – consensus leader who brings out the best in people; and
- Work collaboratively with the Board and have political acumen.
As the second largest district in the nation, LAUSD enrolls more than 640,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools, and 274 public charter schools. The boundaries extend over 720 squares miles and include the mega-city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities.