STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on the passing of Dr. Michelle King

Dr. Michelle King’s life and career encapsulated what it means to be an Angeleno: excellence, kindness, integrity, service above self. She devoted her entire professional life to students in Los Angeles, and led our school district with all of the passion, skill and determination that it takes to be a powerful fighter for young people and their dreams. Michelle’s extraordinary achievements — record graduation rates, putting higher education within reach for all families, and creating new opportunities for our kids to be on pathways to careers — should inspire each one of us to be part of the mission to make L.A.’s schools the best in America. Amy and I are deeply saddened by her passing, and send our love and prayers to Michelle’s daughters, her parents and brother, and the entire LAUSD family.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti