Austin Beutner’s record and reputation as LAUSD superintendent

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner wraps up his three-year term today. His legacy and actions during the pandemic have been received wildly differently. Photo by Griffin5 (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Austin Beutner is stepping down after three years as superintendent of the second-largest school district in the U.S. In his farewell speech on Monday, he said the LA Unified School District is “well on the path to recovery” after a turbulent year. 

What does his three-year record look like? KCRW talks with LAUSD Board member Jackie Goldberg and West LA-based parent Danna Rosenthal, whose two children are enrolled in the district.