LAUSD Closer to Finally Picking a Superintendent

The state’s largest school district is getting closer to finding a replacement for Superintendent Michelle King, who stepped down earlier this year while she battles cancer.

The finalists have been selected.

One of those finalists, Superintendent Lewis Ferebee of Indianapolis stepped down from the running last week, leaving three candidates for the post.

One of those candidates is interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, who has been leading the 621,000-student district ever since King retired. A second candidate is former Baltimore Superintendent Andres Alonso.

But the leading contender appears to be Austin Beutner, a former investment banker who has no formal background in education. But with money issues being a constant theme for the district, someone with a financial background could be the right choice.

We won’t know who will officially take over until the board meets again on May 1.

Read more at KPCC.