Who is Austin Beutner and why was he chosen the next superintendent of Los Angeles Unified?

Louis Freedberg and John Fensterwald devote this week’s podcast to exploring the implications of Beutner’s selection on May 1 to head the state’s largest school district. A former investment banker with no experience running a school district, Beutner is an unconventional choice to guide the district in challenging times. For two views on his appointment, Louis and John spoke with Nick Melvoin, vice-president of the LA Unified school board, and John Rogers, a professor of education at UCLA.

For more on Beutner: 

KPCC’s Kyle Stokes: Heres’ what we know about what Austin Beutner thinks about schools.

Howard Blume of the Los Angeles Times: L.A. school board makes a bold, controversial choice in Beutner.