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School administrators group chooses new director

The Association of California School Administrators, the largest group of school leaders in the U.S., selected its longtime policy director, Edgar Zazueta, to serve as its next executive director.

Zazueta, the organization’s senior director of policy and government relations since 2015, will take over on June 1. He replaces Wesley Smith, who left in October to serve as superintendent of Newport-Mesa Unified in Southern California.

ACSA represents superintendents and other leaders from California’s 1,100 school districts. Prior to working at ACSA, Zazueta was head of external affairs at Los Angeles Unified. The son of Mexican immigrants, Zazueta has a doctorate from the University of Southern California in education leadership.