Don Brann's biggest challenge yet: saving Inglewood schools

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

In his 40-year career in education, Don Brann has led districts big and small, created a chain of charter schools and revitalized faltering school systems. But he has never come across a district in such dire straits as his next challenge — Inglewood Unified School District.

"I don't think anyone has," he said. "This is an extraordinary situation."

Last week Brann took the helm of the financially troubled school system — one that has been taken over by the state, must bridge a massive deficit and prepare to begin paying back a $55-million state loan, while also staving off plummeting enrollment.

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