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Release: #18-1
January 9, 2018
Contact: Robert Oakes
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Releases Statement on Retirement of Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King

SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today released the following statement about the retirement of Michelle King, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

King recently announced that she will retire by June 30 for medical reasons. King, who attended Los Angeles schools and rose through the ranks as a 33-year veteran educator, was appointed in January 2016 as Superintendent of the nation’s second largest public school district with about 634,000 students.

“I am very sorry to hear about Superintendent King’s retirement and I wish her and her family the best,” Torlakson said. “Los Angeles Unified was indeed fortunate to have one of its own students go on to such wonderful success as a career teacher, administrator, and then leader of the entire district. I was fortunate to work with Ms. King and Los Angeles Unified School Board members on issues ranging from the successful implementation of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) to the rollout of the California School Dashboard, our new school accountability and continuous improvement system.

“I especially hope that students in Los Angeles and all across our great state can learn from Ms. King’s example. California needs more of its own talented students to pursue the rewarding profession of being a teacher, becoming a role model, and showing every student that they can achieve their dreams.”

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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