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New school year, new leaders; familiar and serious challenges for L.A. Unified

New school year, new leaders; familiar and serious challenges for L.A. Unified

The nation’s second-largest school system kicks off a fresh year Tuesday with dozens of first-time programs to spur student achievement and recapture enrollment.

But not everything new at L.A. Unified was planned, including recent leadership turnover at the top. As for details of plans to deal with intractable problems, including deficit spending and lagging achievement, they haven’t yet been publicly laid out.

This year’s additions include dozens of magnet schools and language programs developed over the last two years under former Supt. Michelle King.

King left in September on medical leave and never came back — which was not...

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