Jonathan Raymond is Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District, California’s 12th largest school district (43,000 students) located in the heart of the state capital.
Since his appointment in July 2009, Raymond has accomplished several objectives of the district’s Strategic Plan 2010-14: Putting Children First, including:
The creation of seven Superintendent’s Priority Schools to offer extra assistance to the district's most academically troubled campuses
The creation of Sacramento Pathways to Success, a partnership with Sacramento State and Sacramento City College that provides a roadmap to college and career success
The implementation of Early Kinder, a two-year transitional kindergarten program aimed at ending the cycle of “start behind, stay behind,”
The development of Cantonese, Mandarin and Hmong language immersion programs
The expansion of high school Linked Learning academies to provide college and career bound students with real-world experiences
A phased-in implementation of the Common Core State Standards to add rigor and relevance to curriculum and instruction
The transition to a “whole child” approach to education in which school climate and the emotional well-being of students is emphasized along with academics
The historic adoption of the “Sacramento High Performing Schools Compact,” a commitment to improving Sacramento’s educational climate signed by the district and charter school providers and supported by the Gates Foundation
SCUSD’s participation in the California Office to Reform Education, which in August secured a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) accountability rules and sanctions
In addition, under Raymond’s leadership the district became the first on the West Coast to be awarded a fully funded Green Fellow from the US Green Building Council, a position critical to ensuring the environmental sustainability of SCUSD’s 73 campuses. Also during his tenure, voters approved two school bond measures to upgrade and refurbish aging schools.
Prior to his appointment, Raymond, a graduate of Tufts University, George Mason Law School and the Broad Superintendents Academy, served as Chief Accountability Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. Raymond’s extensive experience extends beyond education: He was president and CEO of the non-profit, Boston-based Commonwealth Corporation; a deputy director in the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development; and a private practice attorney specializing in business and labor law.