Board Approves Jose Huerta to Head Local District East

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 8, 2015) – The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted today to promote Jose Huerta to Local District Superintendent East. He will oversee 150 schools with an enrollment of nearly 100,000 students.

Before Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines named him for the job on an interim basis, Huerta briefly served as administrator of operations for Local District East. Previously, he was principal at Garfield High School for five years, creating a drastic cultural shift that resulted in smaller classes, and zero suspension rates. He also introduced a college going culture at the school, with graduating seniors enrolling at a college or university rising to 96 percent.

"Jose Huerta is a celebrated leader in LAUSD and beyond," said Board Member Mónica García. “We trust Mr. Huerta’s leadership and his track record of putting youth at the center of all decisions and activating the love human beings have for children as a tool for learning, achievement, and transformation.”

Huerta has been an educator for over 26 years. He has held different positions, including teacher, secondary specialist, parent/community liaison, operations coordinator, and assistant principal. His philosophy has always been that every student can be academically successful, if given the appropriate support. He is proud to work collaboratively with staff, students, and the school community on a daily basis.

"We look forward to continuing our support for the work of Mr. Huerta and the rest of ‘Team Kid,’ as they engage in innovative strategies and practices that will benefit all of our students and schools in Local District East,” said Board Member Ref Rodriguez.

Superintendent Cortines praised the new regional superintendent. “Mr. Huerta gets results, the kind of results beneficial for all students.”

About his new position, Huerta said, "I am grateful to the Board for giving me this opportunity to serve our students, school staff and parents in Local District East and all across LAUSD.”

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and his secondary teaching credential from California State University, Los Angeles and his Master’s in Educational Administration, with distinction, from National University. Huerta also received the Pegasus Award for professional courage and innovation in education. He recently spoke at the White House for the “Rethinking School Discipline” conference that drew superintendents, principals and teachers nationwide.

“Throughout my career, I have proven to be a visionary leader who is passionate and skilled at creating an invigorating teaching and learning environment for students and staff,” added Huerta.


Contact: Monica Carazo (213) 241-6766

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