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Ramon Cortines leaves his mark on L.A. Unified

Apr 16, 2011 2:20:18 AM- latimes.com
Departing superintendent made gains under enormous political and economic pressures.

Ramon C. Cortines returned as head of the nation's second-largest school system three years ago to complete unfinished business, namely, to transform education in Los Angeles. He left this week at the age of 78, after dealing with the worst budget crisis in memory and constant political pressures from an aggressive mayor and other powerful, often conflicting forces.