Is Austin Beutner the right pick to lead LA's public schools?

Austin Beutner is the new chief of the Los Angeles public school system. Beutner is a philanthropist, former deputy mayor, former LA Times publisher. He doesn’t have much experience in public education - though he founded a charity to give glasses to students who can’t afford them. He’s an unconventional choice to head the LAUSD, but a good one? We get perspectives from the president of a teachers union, a parent of a local high school student, and the leader of a nonprofit that’s funded LA Unified and charter schools.


Alex Caputo-Pearl - president of United Teachers Los Angeles, Myrna Castrejon - Great Public Schools Now, Sarah Roos - parent of a high school student at Hamilton High

Madeleine Brand

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