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How to make LA Unified a better school district

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What makes a good school district?
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New LAUSD superintendent Michelle King is facing some formidable challenges.

With lagging student achievement, dwindling enrollment and funding problems, how can Michelle King begin to turn LA Unified around?

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Unified School Board named long-time LAUSD employee Michelle King as the new superintendent.

The move came after a lengthy, nation-wide search. Leading the nation's second largest school district is a tough job— with lagging student achievement, dwindling enrollment and funding problems.

How can anyone begin to turn a district like this around?

Joining Take Two to discuss:

  • John Rogers, professor of education at UCLA and director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA)
  • David Plank, Stanford University professor and executive director of Policy Analysis for California Education

Interview highlights:

On the choice of an insider like Michelle King to head up LAUSD

On the expectations placed on a new superintendent
On how important funding is to making a good district
On the movement of families out of the district  
To hear the full interview, click the player above.

Series: Good Schools

As part of its Good Schools series, Take Two looks at the education landscape in the Los Angeles area. That includes its public schools, magnets, charters, private institutions and dual-language programs. You’ll hear from parents, academics, teachers, kids and even a couple of TV show producers.

Read more in this series and let us know your thoughts on Facebook, or tweet us @Take Two and @KPCC with the hashtag #goodschools.

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