- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ramon C. Cortines’ third stint as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District could last through the end of the school year.

The Los Angeles Board of Education ratified a contract for the 82-year-old Cortines to serve through June.

He was tapped to take over LAUSD - the nation’s second-largest school system - following the resignation last week of John Deasy.

He’ll be in charge on an interim basis while officials search for Deasy’s permanent replacement.

Cortines tells the Los Angeles Times he’ll operate as a fully empowered superintendent until the board finds a permanent replacement for Deasy or he steps down.

Deasy was hired by Cortines and succeeded him in 2011 after a two-year stint. Previously Cortines led the LAUSD from 2000 to 2006.

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