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Alliance charters names Katzir to become new chief executive

LA School Report | January 28, 2015

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Dan Katzir

Dan Katzir

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a charter group in LA Unified, said today Dan Katzir will join the organization in March as CEO and President.

He replaces Alliance’s founding CEO, Judy Burton, a former LA Unified associate superintendent of innovation and instruction, who returned to the district last month to serve as chair of what is now known as the Instructional Technology Initiative, nee the Common Core Technology Project.

“We are thrilled to have Dan Katzir join Alliance’s leadership team,”  Tony Ressler, co-chair of the Alliance board, said in a news release. “He brings a wealth of experience and strategic vision to the position, and he shares the board’s long-standing commitment to improving public education, especially for low-income and minority students.”

Katzir most recently served as strategic advisor to school districts, charter management organizations and various state departments of education. Prior to that, he was the founding Managing Director for the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

“I am excited and eager to join Alliance College-Ready Public Schools,” Katzir said in the release. “I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Judy Burton, a true educational icon. I intend to build on the Alliance’s first decade of incredible results to reach even greater levels of impact for students in Los Angeles in the coming years.”

Since its founding in 2004, Alliance has grown to serve more than 11,000 students across 26 high schools and middle schools, making it the largest public school charter network in Los Angeles.

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