Michelle King, former LAUSD superintendent who championed unity, dies at 57

Michelle King, who as L.A. Unified’s first female African-American superintendent championed unity and collaboration among all public schools, has passed away at age 57 after fighting cancer.

King was “a collaborative and innovative leader who broke down barriers to create more equitable opportunities for every student,” the district stated Saturday in announcing her death.

Just weeks after her January 2016 appointment, King told a crowd of about 700 parents, teachers and principals at a Pacoima town hall meeting that from the moment she was named, she wanted to find ways to share best practices among educators in traditional district schools, independent charter schools and the district’s innovative magnet and pilot schools.

“We are all L.A. Unified school students,” she said. “It is unfortunate we have labels, saying that this one is better than that one. It’s not us vs. them.”

She announced she was meeting with charter leaders to plan a forum to share strategies. “I can’t do it alone, we need your help. We need all of us breaking down walls and barriers on behalf of kids and be working together. It doesn’t help to have battles over property.” Click here to read more: http://laschoolreport.com/its-about-being-united-michelle-king-former-lausd-superintendent-who-championed-unity-dies-at-57/