Some parents and teachers in South L.A. don't want a Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent who has a preconceived plan before starting the job.
About 35 people were at the event to hear a panel of South L.A. teachers, parents and a student discuss what they want to see in the next superintendent and to provide their own input. Current Supt. Ramon Cortines has said he wants to retire by the end of this year; he stepped in after the last superintendent, John Deasy, resigned last year.
One question he asked was what the panelists thought of an L.A. Times editorial that pointed out that “vision” was low on the list of attributes that community members said they wanted in the district’s next leader. The editorial said vision is important but must come with concrete implementation.