Austin Beutner, He's won over many supporters since his controversial appointment, but some critics still remain. He gave it his all in any case, And he's up for the next challenge, He said as he announced his retirement.
The infamous Los Angles Unified School District Superintendent, whose posting and tenure have not been untouched from controversies is retiring today after leading the nation's second-largest school district for 3-years.
Beutner retires today (30th June) after his posting as Supt. of Los Angles Unified School District (LAUSD) in 2018. His appointment was not widely welcomed as he did not have an educational background when he was hired in 2018. He had been an investment banker, and also served as deputy mayor of Los Angeles and publisher of the Los Angeles Times.
Despite the fact that the Los Angeles School Board wanted to keep him and renew his contract which was set to expire today, Austin respectfully declined in a letter to the School Board saying,
"I respectfully request that my contract end as planned on June 30."
Just after 8 months of his appointment as Los Angles Unified School District (LAUSD) superintendent, teachers mainly from United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing 33,000 public school teachers protested against him for certain reasons. But his tenure during the coronavirus period and his push for vaccinating students to reopen schools at full capacity have turned most of his critics into admirers.
The Los Angeles School Board issued a statement thanking Austin,
"While we are disappointed that he will not continue to serve as superintendent past that date, we sincerely wish him and his family all the best,"
"The Board remains committed to providing a high-quality public education to every child in Los Angeles and, as part of that work, will embark on a robust and equitable search process to find our next leader."
Austin defined the Job posting as,
Wanted: Someone to work 15-hour shifts, seven days a week, to help children progress academically while also working on solutions to address food and housing insecurity and all while battling a once-in-a-lifetime public health crisis.
However, he stated that if the circumstances had been different, he would have accepted the position again in a heartbeat.
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