The Los Angeles Board of Education met behind closed doors Thursday to discuss potential replacements for Supt. David L. Brewer, with all signs continuing to point to the elevation of veteran educator Ramon C. Cortines, who currently holds the school system's No. 2 position.
Board members voted 5 to 2 earlier this week to exercise the buyout provision of Brewer's contract midway through a four-year pact at a cost of at least $517,500.
Cortines, 76, was the district's interim head in 2000 and has managed day-to-day operations as well as long-term planning for the Los Angeles Unified School District since being named senior deputy superintendent in April.
Cortines could not be reached for comment.
The issue of racial politics continues to swirl around the termination of Brewer, who is African American.
During a Thursday news conference at Dorsey High School in South Los Angeles, an informal coalition of black civic leaders demanded to meet with the school board and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who implicitly endorsed Brewer's removal. The participants also said they wanted a representative of their group on the selection committee for the next superintendent.