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Carl Cohn named first head of state panel to offer help on LCAPs

Craig Clough | August 6, 2015

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Carl A. Cohn


Carl A. Cohn, a longtime educational leader in California, was named today to be the first director of the California Collaborative on Educational Excellence (CCEE), a newly-formed state agency charged with providing advice and assistance to school districts in achieving the goals set forth in the Local Control and Accountability Plans.

Cohn has a distinguished educational resume, with the kind of credentials that would have made him a viable candidate to replace outgoing LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines. In his new role, he will work with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the 58 county superintendents across the state in helping them meet the goals of their Local Control Accountability Plans.

Cohn, “a highly respected leader in our profession, is the right voice to launch the significant work of the CCEE,” Sandra Thorstenson, chair of the CCEE board, said in a statement. “The Collaborative Board is thrilled to have Dr. Cohn lead the work of providing support and assistance that will positively impact the lives of students across California.”

Cohn’s career includes stints as at teacher in the Compton Unified School District and as superintendent of the Long Beach and San Diego school districts. He has also served as a professor at USC, Harvard and Claremont Graduate University.

“I’m humbled and honored to be selected to head this new state agency, whose sole purpose is to get the right kind of help to schools and classrooms. We’re not building a new bureaucracy or replicating an existing one but, through collaboration and partnering, we’re focused on providing schools with the needed support and assistance to accelerate student performance,” Cohn said in a statement. “Creating a bright future for students throughout our state will be the ultimate measure of the work of this new state office.”

*UPDATED to add Claremont Graduate University


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