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LAUSD chief Ramon Cortines to step down by next spring

July 22, 2010 |  7:47 am

Cortines1 Ramon Cortines, the superintendent of Los Angeles public schools, plans to retire by next spring, he said Thursday.

There had been considerable speculation that Cortines, who turned 78 on Thursday, would step down, especially after he moved out of his office to a smaller space, said his spokesman, Robert Alaniz.

Cortines had turned his old office over to Deputy Supt. John Deasy.

He also had dropped hints about leaving before his contract was up, Alaniz said.

“I have to lay the groundwork for transition,” Cortines told the Daily News on Wednesday. “This district needs to have continuity, flexibility, accountability.”

Alaniz said the superintendent had not decided the exact date when he would step down.

-- Hector Becerra

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