Education

Community organizations want public search committee to help select new LAUSD superintendent

Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy who stepped down after a controversial tenure.
Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy who stepped down after a controversial tenure.
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A group of community organizations sent an open letter Tuesday making recommendations for how the Los Angeles Unified School District should conduct its search for a new superintendent. They're calling for a committee of community leaders to interview top candidates and to make recommendations to the Board before a new superintendent is hired.

"It's critical that LAUSD not make these decisions in a vacuum, without meaningfully incorporating community leaders into that process," the United Way of Greater Los Angeles's president/CEO Elise Buik said in a press release.

The groups, which also include the Los Angeles Urban League, Asian Americans Advancing Justice and others, are asking for the search committee to include community leaders representing students, teachers, business leaders, civil rights leaders, union leadership and higher education experts, among others.

The traits the groups say they're looking for in a new superintendent include a commitment to fairness and the ability to navigate L.A. politics, according to the release. Those characteristics are based on information including a survey of various leaders, a town hall, a student survey and focus groups with teachers, students and parents.

You can read the full open letter below:

LAUSD superintendent open letter