Steve Lopez interview: Parting thoughts on LAUSD from Supt. Ramon Cortines


L.A. schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines has pledged he will retire by the end of 2015. He will join L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez for a discussion about his legacy and what is next for local schools on Dec. 9. 

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Join Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez for a conversation with outgoing Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ramon C. Cortines. We’ll cover the state of local education and address some of your questions about what’s next for L.A. schools.

Cortines has headed the L.A. Unified School District three times, returning most recently after Supt. John Deasy resigned under pressure in October 2014. Cortines, 83, has stated he plans to retire by the end of 2015.

The next schools chief will oversee the education of 650,000 students. Most are from low-income families; most also fall short of state academic standards. There’s also a looming budget deficit and an outside, privately funded plan to rapidly expand the number of students enrolled in charter schools.

What will happen next? What needs to change? Please send your questions for the superintendent to or tweet them to @LATEducation with the hashtag #AskCortines.

We hope you will join us for a conversation about some of these crucial education issues on Dec. 9.

3:53 p.m.:
This post was changed to reflect that the superintendent will discuss the state of local education and the future of the district.

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