Education

Indianapolis superintendent withdraws name from consideration for top job at LAUSD

The LAUSD school board is scheduled to hold a rare meeting on Friday, April 20. It comes on the heels of a closed session Tuesday night — apparently to pin down a choice for the district's next superintendent.
The LAUSD school board is scheduled to hold a rare meeting on Friday, April 20. It comes on the heels of a closed session Tuesday night — apparently to pin down a choice for the district's next superintendent.
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The leader of the Indianapolis school district has withdrawn his name from consideration for a job heading the Los Angeles school district.

Lewis Ferebee informed Michael O'Connor, the president of the Indianapolis school board, on Tuesday that he was a finalist for the job. Ferebee on Wednesday released a statement saying he's withdrawn his name and noting it was "an honor to have been considered."

Ferebee has been in Indianapolis since 2013 after a series of jobs in North Carolina schools.

On Friday, the LAUSD school board is scheduled to hold a rare meeting. It comes on the heels of a closed session Tuesday night — apparently to pin down a choice for the district's next superintendent.

Michelle King had to step down from that job in January for health reasons.

While is doesn't make much of a difference to the half-million or so students at L.A. Unified schools who their superintendent is, the district's constant budget problems do affect those kids.

Those issues translate to fewer classroom resources, higher pension costs, and lower attendance.

Meantime, LAUSD's various unions are pushing for higher pay — all of which the next superintendent will have to address.