Eli Broad says LA Unified can't effectively operate new arts school

A new arts high school is scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles in less than six months. But the school still doesn’t have a principal. Critics are also voicing concern about its direction. They’re calling for the L.A. Unified School District to turn over its control to a charter organization.

A new arts high school is scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles in less than six months. But the school still doesn’t have a principal. Critics are also voicing concern about its direction. They’re calling for the L.A. Unified School District to turn over its control to a charter organization.

Philanthropist Eli Broad told KPCC’s Larry Mantle that he doesn’t think L.A. Unified can effectively operate the school.

Eli Broad: “I do not think they have the ability to run this as a first rate arts high school with the same quality that I’ve seen in other cities. So I think the smartest thing for the district to do would be to get a first-rate charter organization to run it for them.”

L.A. Unified superintendent Ramon Cortines has said that he doesn’t think the school should become a charter school now, but he may let staff consider the idea after it opens.

The district has set a deadline of next week to find a principal from within its ranks. Two leaders from prominent East Coast arts schools had been tapped for the position, but both turned it down.

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