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Times Notes Stability, Progress Here

An article in this week’s Los Angeles Times notes the stability of leadership in the Long Beach Unified School District, especially when compared to other large, urban school districts.

The Jan. 7 piece, “An insider or outsider as next head of L.A. Unified?” says that nationwide, urban superintendents have not lasted long.

“In 1999, their average tenure was 2.3 years, according to surveys conducted by the Council of the Great City Schools. By 2010, it had risen to 3.6 years, with observers calling for greater stability. It’s now 3.2 years,” Times writer Howard Blume observed.

“Bucking that trend locally is Long Beach Unified, with two superintendents – Carl Cohn and Christopher J. Steinhauser – over the last 22 years and a reputation for steady progress and less confrontational labor-management relations.”