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King one of few African American superintendents in California

LA School Report | January 21, 2016

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Edsource logoBy Louis Freedberg

When Michelle King was appointed to head the Los Angeles Unified School District last week, she became the most prominent African-American school superintendent in the state and the nation.

But her ascent to the top post is hardly typical of California districts. She is one of only a small number of African-American superintendents in California, and of an even smaller number of African-American women to head a school district in the state.

There are an estimated 25 African-American superintendents in California – or 2.6 percent of superintendents in the 947 elementary, high school and K-12 districts in the state, according to a list compiled by the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, or CAAASA.

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