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Los Angeles Unified School Board Releases Community Engagement Report on Superintendent Search

CONTACT: Shannon Haber


October 21, 2021

Los Angeles Unified School Board Releases Community Engagement Report on Superintendent Search

LOS ANGELES (October 21, 2021) – The Board of Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District has entered a new phase of its search for a permanent Superintendent with the release of its community engagement report. The report reflects robust engagement over the last two months with students, parents, staff, and community members on the selection of a permanent Superintendent.

Collaborate, Inc., the firm hired to solicit input and compile the report, shared initial toplines with the Board’s Community and Family Engagement Committee last week, with the full report released today.

Nearly 30,000 members of the LA Unified family participated in the online survey, which was available in eight languages. The survey was shared with all 44 Communities of Schools, community-based organizations, labor partners, as well as through Blackboard Connect messages and social media. Additionally, the outreach included:

  • 8 focus groups with education community organizations and unions,
  • 14 community listening sessions hosted virtually across all seven Board districts, and
  • Direct engagement with nearly 1,000 community members at 129 school sites through our Street Teams.  

Of the over 28,500 respondents, 47% self-identified as parents, 10% as students, and 33% as LA Unified employees (19% certificated/14% classified).

Respondents had clear preferences for experiences they want to see in the next Superintendent including experience as a teacher and/or administrator (90% of those surveyed), experience working in and with diverse communities (90%), and experience managing a very large organization (89%). Asked to prioritize amongst a variety of qualities and characteristics, respondents most frequently selected: listens to the community, teaching/administrative experience, problem solver, promotes transparency, and effective communicator.

From the listening sessions and focus groups, Collaborate identified the following additional feedback themes:

  • Someone who will fight for more funding for LA Unified,
  • Someone who is a “bridge-builder” and support all schools to increase performance,
  • Concerns regarding virtual learning and ensuring special education students receive adequate resources,
  • Preparing students to be a part of the future workforce; and
  • Importance of equity and representation.

The Board will integrate the results of this community input into the subsequent phases of the selection process, such as for developing the job description and selection criteria for the Superintendent position.

The full Community Engagement Report can be viewed at The report further contains links to the notes from all listening sessions and focus groups as well as the full set of survey responses.