Education official commutes from LA to BR
BATON ROUGE - A top official of the state Department of Education lives in Los Angeles and commutes to his office in Baton Rouge.
The Advocate reports the educator is Dave Lefkowith, who is an assistant superintendent and oversees Louisiana's new program that will allow public school students to take classes from private firms, online groups and colleges.
Lefkowith said he generally returns to Los Angeles on Thursday night or Friday and usually heads back to Baton Rouge on Sunday mornings.
State Rep. Patricia Smith raised the issue briefly, without identifying Lefkowith by name, during a recent discussion of the state Department of Education in the House Appropriations Committee.
Smith, a frequent critic of department initiatives, said she is troubled by Lefkowith's work routine.