Statement by L.A. Unified School Board of Education

January 5, 2018

The members of the Board of Education express our gratitude to Superintendent Michelle King, who has served L.A. Unified for 33 years as an exemplary educator, inspirational role model and steadfast leader.

Having dedicated her career to the District, it is now time for Dr. King to focus her incredible strength and energy on her health. We wholeheartedly support her decision to retire, and will continue to keep her in our thoughts and prayers as she faces the challenges ahead.

We appreciate the leadership of Acting Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, who collaborated with our Local District superintendents and other District leaders to ensure that we continued to serve our students, families and employees during Dr. King’s absence. Thankfully, for the continuity of the Board and Dr. King’s vision, Ms. Ekchian has agreed to remain as acting superintendent while the Board works on the longer term leadership plan that supports our goal of 100 percent graduation.

As we welcome the L.A. Unified family back to school on Monday, we remain united in our commitment to provide high-level instruction, improve attendance, support families and prepare our students for success.


Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766