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Is the Los Angeles Unified School District overpromising again?

Is the Los Angeles Unified School District overpromising again?

When John Deasy resigned in 2014 as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the school board charged with replacing him made a conscious decision to throw off his brash, big-vision missionary approach in favor of the incremental-improvement style of current Supt. Michelle King.

But two years later, the group seems unsure whether the small-bore approach is the right one. After King developed a three-year strategic plan of potentially realistic but unexciting goals for the district’s next few years, board President Steve Zimmer complained that it was not ambitious enough.

“I don’t think that we have a mission sense right now, and I think it...

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