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Austin Beutner, a philanthropist and former investment banker, on Tuesday was named superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school system.

His selection was the biggest move yet by a Los Angeles school board majority elected with major support from charter school advocates. The decision came after lengthy public testimony, most of it in support of the other remaining finalist, interim Supt. Vivian Ekchian, who is well known within the school system.

Beutner, 58, has no background leading a school or school district. Less than 2½ years ago, a school board with a very different balance of power named Michelle King, a former teacher who rose through the district throughout her career, to L.A. Unified’s top job.

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Ref Rodriguez and his attorneys will have more time to prepare their defense against charges of political money laundering, a judge ruled Monday.

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The Los Angeles Board of Education went behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon to select the next superintendent of the nation’s second-largest school system. Although the deliberation is behind closed doors, all signs pointed to the choice of philanthropist and former investment banker Austin Beutner.

Austin Beutner
Austin Beutner (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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L.A. Unified is poised to name Austin Beutner as its new schools chief.

Nearly 30,000 L.A. preschoolers are getting specific training and teachings on empathy.

The Los Angeles Board of Education is poised to select philanthropist and former investment banker Austin Beutner to be the next superintendent of the nation’s second-largest school system.

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  • University of California
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Thousands of Arizona teachers march through downtown Phoenix on their way to the State Capitol.
Thousands of Arizona teachers march through downtown Phoenix on their way to the State Capitol. (Ralph Freso / Getty Images)

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How UC San Diego has fought against sexual assault for the last three decades.

L.A. Unified students who want to transfer have until May 18 to apply.

Following the lead of teachers who walked off the job in other states in recent weeks, thousands of teachers and their supporters took to the streets in Arizona and Colorado for the second day in a row to demand better pay and more funding for education.

When Nancy Wahlig first started her fight against sexual assault, one company was marketing a capsule for women to stash in their bras and then smash to release a vile odor.

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Andrés Alonso announced Thursday that he had removed himself from consideration to be the next L.A. schools superintendent.
Andrés Alonso announced Thursday that he had removed himself from consideration to be the next L.A. schools superintendent. (Elizabeth Malby / Associated Press)

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Former Baltimore schools chief Andrés Alonso withdrew from consideration for the L.A. Unified superintendent job.

How L.A. Unified is helping English learners reach fluency.

Andrés Alonso, believed to be one of three remaining finalists to lead the Los Angeles school system, has withdrawn from consideration. The remaining known candidates in the confidential search are former investment banker Austin Beutner and interim Supt. Vivian Ekchian.