Michelle King just made history. The former high school principal was recently named superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the nation.
The announcement was made after King received a unanimous 7-0 vote by the school board, making her the first Black woman to hold the job in the district’s history. King was previously LAUSD’s Chief Deputy Superintendent, and will oversee a school system with more than 650,000 students and a $7 billion budget.
After an exhaustive national search, many have commended the school district for hiring one of their own, arguing King will be able to hit the ground running and make the necessary changes to improve the district.
“This is one of those rare moments where you get the best candidate and a fast-moving start,” said David Rattray of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
While it remains to be seen what changes King will implement, her appointment to one of the most important jobs in Los Angeles is historic.