- Associated Press - Friday, January 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District is retiring after two years on the job because she’s battling cancer.

Michelle King said today that she’s been undergoing treatment but the illness has progressed. King says she’ll remain on medical leave and plans to retire by June 30. She’s been on leave since September.

King has been superintendent of the nation’s second-largest school district since January 2016.

The Board of Education says King has served in the district for 33 years as “an exemplary educator, inspirational role model and steadfast leader.”

A board statement says says it’s time for King to focus on her health.

The acting superintendent while King’s been on leave is Vivian Ekchian, who’ll remain in that post during the search for a new superintendent.


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