Los Angeles Unified’s new superintendent will be an retired admiral with no education experience. It’s becoming common to hire a superintendent who comes from law, business, finance or the military, reports the LA Times.
(Navy Vice Adm. David L.) Brewer’s assets include leadership ability, charisma and a resume that is spotlessly clean of any experience running a school district, or even working for one.
Outsiders may have managerial experience but few are prepared for the viciousness of school district politics.
(Outgoing LA Superintendent Roy) Romer has said that, even as a former governor of Colorado and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he was unprepared for the politics in Los Angeles, with their cross-cutting ethnic currents and hidden shoals of personal rivalries.
The school board hired Brewer without consulting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s taking more control over the city’s schools. Apparently, the admiral wowed ’em at the interview. He’s the son and husband of teachers. Go to School Me for more.