L.A. schools Supt. Michelle King pushes for 100% graduation in her State of the District speech

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More magnet programs, more bilingual education programs, more attention paid to preparing the youngest students in L.A. Unified’s system. Above all, more graduates.

L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King — her contract newly extended until 2020 — laid out her priorities Tuesday morning in a speech that promised to push ever harder for her goal of 100% graduation but offered few new proposals.

The superintendent’s State of the District address, delivered this year at Garfield High School in East L.A., is an annual tradition. The event is part pep rally for the 1,500 administrators in the audience, who will begin a new school year on Aug. 15, and part political performance.

Last year, King used her platform to announce that L.A. Unified’s graduation rate had broken records, soaring to 77% for the class of 2016 from 72% the year before. It was an ideal introduction for the then-new superintendent and welcome news for a district that has struggled to convince families it should be their first choice for schooling.


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