Former LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King dies at age 57

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King died Saturday at the age of 57, the district announced.

“Words cannot begin to describe the sorrow we feel, the love we shared with — and for — Dr. King, and the lasting impact she had on our communities,” a district statement said. “Her dedication to uplift every student, family and employee within Los Angeles Unified was second to none.

“As a Los Angeles Unified graduate, parent, life-long educator, and the first African American woman to lead the district, Dr. King was truly an inspiration. She was a collaborative and innovative leader who broke down barriers to create more equitable opportunities for every student. Her warmth, love and generosity transformed countless lives and left a legacy that will continue to impact us for generations.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Dr. King’s daughters, parents and brother, as well as all of her family and friends whose lives she so deeply and positively touched.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised King’s contribution to local education. Click here to read more: