After this pandemic year, superintendents across the country are leaving their jobs (subscription)

By: | April 29, 2021

This year has been draining for pretty much everyone connected to schools: children stuck in Zoom classes, teachers worried about their health and their students, parents juggling their jobs while managing children learning from home. And for the district leaders responsible for managing it all, the pandemic has been a uniquely exhausting experience. Now some of them have decided to call it quits.

Austin Beutner, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, announced last week that he would leave his post at the end of June, becoming one of the most prominent superintendents to retire or resign this year.

Los Angeles struggled to reopen schools, facing resistance from teachers as well as some parents, and students are currently able to attend only part time. Beutner told our colleague Shawn Hubler that his tenure, during which he faced first a teachers’ strike and then the coronavirus, had been taxing.

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