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New LAUSD superintendent named by board

December 16, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District has chosen a veteran education administrator as its next superintendent.Ramon Cortines will take over the nation's second-largest school district on Jan. 1 under a three-year contract.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the choice of Cortines immediately after Tuesday's vote and expressed confidence in him.

Cortines is currently senior deputy superintendent. He will replace David L. Brewer III, a retired Navy admiral whose critics called him an ineffective figurehead. The board last week bought out Brewer's contract for about $500,000.

The 76-year-old Cortines was previously interim superintendent of the 700,000-student Los Angeles district in 2000 and also led school districts in New York and San Francisco.

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