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LAUSD Superintendent Cortines to Retire Next Year

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Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines has announced that "it's time to retire," according to cbs2.

Cortines has worked in education for six decades, the last of which has been spent in Los Angeles, where he has served as the Interim Superintendent of Schools; Deputy Mayor for Education, Youth and Families; and has been the head of the LAUSD since 2009, during which time he "has had to cut more than $1.5 billion from the district's annual budget and lay off thousands of teachers, administrators, office workers, custodians and bus drivers."

The LAUSD will conduct a national search for his successor. The district's new Deputy Superintendent, John Deasy, is due to start his post on August 2; Cortines has reportedly already moved into a smaller office to allow Deasy to move in.