Board Approves Dr. Ruth Perez to Head Instruction

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 27, 2014) – The Board of Education yesterday approved the hiring of experienced educator Dr. Ruth Pérez to serve as the deputy superintendent of instruction for L.A. Unified. Most recently superintendent of the nearby Norwalk-La Mirada school district, she has also served as a teacher and administrator in diverse areas of Florida and as chief academic officer for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools in North Carolina.  She is expected to start her new position in mid-September.

"I look forward to working with her in moving this District forward,” Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic said.

“Congratulations Dr. Ruth Pérez and welcome to the LAUSD,” said Board Member Mónica García.  “Dr. Pérez, we welcome your expertise and leadership to support our vision for 100% graduation, to strengthen the effective pieces of our program and radically change what does not work. Our children are counting on your leadership and we look forward to working with you.”

The Board approved the recommendation of Superintendent John E. Deasy to hire Dr. Perez.  Her contract will run through June 30, 2017.

Since 2009, Dr. Pérez has served as the superintendent of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.  During her tenure, Dr. Pérez and her team increased graduation rates from (76.5% to 94%), increased Academic Performance Index (API) scores, implemented a principal’s leadership academy, and reformed the Advanced Placement (AP) policy and plan, and many other notable achievements.

Dr. Pérez brings 27 years of experience to her new role. Her track record of success with students who are growing up in poverty, and youth who, like her, didn’t speak English when they started school, equips her to lead instruction for LAUSD.

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Contact: Lydia L. Ramos (213) 241-6766