One year after the turbulent teachers’ strike that shook Los Angeles Unified and drew national attention, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner reflects on the current state of the district, and some of the district’s ongoing challenges, including spending more than it is getting from the state. In an interview with Louis, Beutner discusses his own tenure, the need for more financial support from the state, and efforts to grant more decision-making authority to local schools in the nation’s second largest district.

Also this week, John reviews action by the State Board of Education and the introduction of two bills responding to a state audit that sharply criticized school districts’ lack of transparency and accountability for spending state funds under the Local Control Funding Formula.

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