LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy addresses his controversial administration and the school district’s future

Apr 16, 2013

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy spoke at a press conference at South Region High School #2 in Los Angeles on February 6, 2012. Deasy joins AirTalk to talk about the recent “no confidence” vote.; Credit: Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images

Since he was hired in 2011, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy has been shaking up the 2nd-largest school system in the nation. In his first year, LAUSD fired 99 tenured teachers — a 30-fold increase from five years earlier — and recently he’s implemented a teacher evaluation policy that depends heavily on student test scores.

Deasy points to improving graduation rates and Academic Performance Index scores in his two years since becoming sup, but the United Teacher Los Angeles (UTLA) has taken issue with Deasy’s cavalier approach. Recently 91 percent of its members overwhelmingly voted that they had “no confidence” in Deasy, and they plan to address the school board with demands to put less emphasis on teacher evaluations and focus instead on “fully staffing” local schools, restoring money for preschool and adult education programs, and raising salaries.

John Deasy joins AirTalk to address the no confidence vote, the teacher investigations and why there’s a drop in people interested in teaching careers.


John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent

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