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Will an insider or outsider become the next LAUSD superintendent?

LA School Report | January 7, 2015

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Via Los Angeles Times | By Howard Blume 

As a three-term Colorado governor, Roy Romer, a Democrat, had to deal with a combative Republican majority in his state Legislature. He later headed his party’s fractious national committee.

But nothing was as difficult, he said, as running the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“Educating kids in a large urban city is difficult by default,” said Romer, who headed L.A. Unified for six years. “You have a whole lot of social and economic pressures. … Los Angeles is especially tough because it’s so large, so diverse.”

And so political, he said.

In the eight years since Romer left, the school system has changed top leaders four times, including the October departure of John Deasy, who left under pressure.

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