L.A. schools chief urges administrators to break bureaucratic rules to help kids

It had to be a culture shock for L.A. school administrators Thursday when their new boss urged them to be “rule breakers.”

The 1,500 principals and other managers who came out to hear new Supt. Austin Beutner give the annual State of the District speech applauded on cue. They rose as instructed for the Pledge of Allegiance. And on this morning, they waited 20 minutes in baking, unshaded heat, fanning themselves virtually without complaint, for the auditorium doors at Hollywood High School to be unlocked.

Then Beutner told them to stop looking to superiors for orders.

“The answers are in your classrooms,” Beutner told them. “They’re in your schools.”

He asked administrators to wake up every day “with a sense of urgency” and to focus “on getting results for kids … not bureaucracy and compliance.”

“I’m challenging you to lead,” he said. “I never met a great leader who asked for permission to lead.” Click here to read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-austin-beutner-speech-20180809-story.html