Inglewood Schools Get New Leader, Improved Grades in State Report

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the hiring of a new state administrator to lead the Inglewood Unified School District today, one day after a state report showed the district is making progress toward ending its state receivership and returning to local control.

The new administrator, Dr. Vincent Matthews, is currently the Superintendent of San Jose Unified School District. He is Inglewood’s fourth state-appointed trustee since 2012, when it went into receivership.

“After three years under state control, Inglewood Unified has begun to find its footing,” Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) said. “The district has stabilized its decline and we are beginning to see marked improvements in its performance. I welcome Mr. Matthews to Inglewood and look forward to working with him to continue this turnaround.”

The Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) released its report based on data gathered earlier this year and provides analysis and recommendation related to the district’s performance in five operational areas: community relations and governance; personnel management; pupil achievement; financial management; and facilities management.

According to FCMAT, “the district has made progress in every operational area,” though there is still work to be done to achieve full recovery.

Under terms of the takeover, Inglewood Unified must adhere to a progress plan developed in conjunction with FCMAT to stabilize its finances, stop pupil dropout, raise pupil achievement, and retain quality staff, among other criteria. The district will return to local control once Torlakson is satisfied that the district is on a path to maintain those goals.

“Today’s report shows that Inglewood Unified is on the right track,” Burke continued. “The district is overcoming a lot of challenges and I look forward to working with the community, Superintendent Torlakson, and Dr. Matthews to ensure that the students are getting the education they deserve, and that the district can return to local control as quickly as possible.”

The full report can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/1QifO9C.

Matthews will begin his tenure in Inglewood on October 19th. Until then, a team from the Department of Education that includes Torlakson’s Principal Advisor, Jason Spencer and Deputy Superintendent, Nick Schweizer, will be assisting the district through the transition.

Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd Assembly District, which consists of the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena as well as the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and parts of Del Rey. Additionally, the 62nd Assembly District includes the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.