Does Los Angeles Unified’s powerful school board contribute to leadership turnover?

As Los Angeles Unified begins interviewing candidates for yet another superintendent, it must face a tough question: Has its unusual board governing structure blurred the lines between board member and superintendent and contributed to the steady churn in district leadership?

The seven board members, each representing a different geographic area of the massive district, work full time and earn a salary of $125,000. Each member has a staff of five or more, along with other perks and supports that have resulted in what is in effect a parallel power structure in the district.

Cost to the district: at least $10 million a year.

This board arrangement in L.A. is unlike any other. No other school board in the country pays its members anything close to that amount, including the nation’s largest, or provides them their own staff to boot. Click here to read more: