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    D.C. educator to become principal at L.A. arts high school

    From L.A. Times by Howard Blume:
    The next principal of the high-profile downtown Los Angeles arts high school is the head of a well-established performing arts school in Washington, D.C., officials confirmed Wednesday.

    The selection of veteran arts educator Rory Pullens is the latest chapter for the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, which has been plagued by leadership turnover and other controversies.

    In Pullens, the Grand Avenue school will have a respected leader who is credited with building and maintaining the caliber of program that district officials here are seeking. He has been head of school at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

    "Pullens will bring energy, clout and vision to give this school a chance to be what the students in Los Angeles deserve," said James F. Robinson, a parent who was on the interview committee at the school. "What he did at Ellington was amazing."

    Robinson and others said they believed Pullens would be able to attract needed outside funding that has been largely absent from the steel-clad $232-million school.

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    D.C. educator withdraws from job at downtown L.A. arts school

    From L.A. Times by Howard Blume:
    Once again, a highly regarded educator from outside Los Angeles has accepted and then backed away from the job of running the downtown arts high school, which has had a short but troubled history.

    This time, the main actor in the familiar plotline is Rory Pullens, head the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. Pullens had also pulled out after accepting once before, due to a family crisis.

    This time, Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy said, the issue had more to do with the response in Washington to Pullens' impending departure.

    "He definitely was very clear that he thought he could make the move with his family, but he also had extensive outreach not to go, and that weighed into his decision," Deasy said.

    Apparently, Pullens had not appreciated how much people wanted him to stay, and some may have even linked their level of support or enthusiasm for the school to Pullens' involvement, Deasy said. The L.A. school district announced Pullens' hire Sept. 21.

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