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The Superintendent of LA Schools is a powerful figure in a goldfish bowl. Remember John Deasy and the iPad scandal? The new, computerized scheduling system that failed? Child abuse at Miramonte Elementary? The elected school board wants public input on who should be next for the job — but it won't make public who the candidates are.

Later on the program, LA's un-kept promise to rebuild the notorious Jordan Downs public housing project.


Photo: laura pasquini

Producers:
Christine Detz
Charlotte Duren

Parental Apathy at the LAUSD 11 MIN, 55 SEC

The elected board of the Los Angeles Unified School District is looking for a new superintendent to oversee the nation's second largest school district. In the past two weeks, consultants held a hundred meeting to ask for public input, but the average attendance was just 12 people. 

Guests:
Caprice Young, Magnolia Public Schools (@capriceyoung)
Steve Zimmer, LA Unified School District (@lausd_zimmer)

More:
LA Times on whether LAUSD can get people to care about its next leader

Redeveloping Jordan Downs 2.0 12 MIN, 8 SEC

In many cities, public housing projects are notorious for segregation, poverty and violence — and LA is no exception. In other places, they've been torn down and replaced with better housing. But LA has not yet kept its promise to improve Jordan Downs. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez has that story.

 


Jordan Downs
Courtesy of Saul Gonzalez


Artist rendering of Jordan Downs post-redevelopment
Courtesy of Bridge Housing

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

More:
Voices of Cabrini

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