UTLA holds morning rally to insist Deasy be thrown into ‘jail’
UTLA is calling on Superintendent John Deasy to lock himself in teacher jail while he’s under any investigation over iPads, computer systems or anything else. At a rally earlier today union President Alex Caputo-Pearl told a crowd of teachers, “We are saying that he has to play by his own rules… He must not report...
By Vanessa Romo | September 3, 2014
For LAUSD school board a new year, but old problems
It might be the new school year, but it was a series of old problems awaiting the LA Unified school board yesterday as it met long into the night with a full complement of seven members for the first time in eight months. After the swearing in of newly-elected District 1 member George McKenna, a...
By Vanessa Romo | August 27, 2014
McKenna, leading in school board race, won’t commit on Deasy
*UPDATED With three weeks to go before the election, George McKenna, a leading candidate for the LA Unified school board representing south LA, is refusing to clarify whether he supports John Deasy, the district’s current superintendent. McKenna’s unwillingness to provide a clear answer comes at an important time for the school district, the second-largest in...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | May 16, 2014
UTLA schedules two forums for president candidates
The United Teachers Los Angeles has announced two additional forums with candidates for president, one at Monroe High School on February 18 and the other two days later at UTLA headquarters. Eight of the 10 candidates faced off in a debate that resulted in at least one consensus: the current state of the union is fractured and plagued with in-fighting. Though fewer...
By Chase Niesner | February 10, 2014
United Way honoring 25 ‘Teachers to Watch’
In the United Way’s first Inspirational Teacher Awards, 25 LA Unified “teachers to watch,” will be honored this evening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Superintendent John Deasy expected to attend. The United Way staff and a panel of district teachers chose the recipients from a pool of nearly 200...
By Chase Niesner | January 23, 2014
Is the Tide Turning? Scorecard Favors Deasy
As supporters gathered at a rally outside of LA Unified headquarters in advance of today’s school board meeting, the scorecard of those who have come out in support of Superintendent John Deasy versus those who have voiced opposition is increasingly lop-sided. In the “Deasy should go” column is one of the most powerful unions in the...
By Leigh Anne Abiouness | October 29, 2013
Civic Groups Rallying Support to Keep Deasy at LA Unified*
Whatever happens inside an LA Unified board room tomorrow, support for Superintendent John Deasy is building outside of it. Education advocacy groups unified as Communities for Los Angeles Student Success today announced they are holding a rally tomorrow morning at district headquarters to encourage Deasy not to resign and to call for an end to...
By Chase Niesner | October 28, 2013
John Deasy on AB 375 Veto: ‘Wise Decision’
LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s decision today to veto AB 375, a controversial teacher dismissal bill which had widespread teacher union support. Deasy, who had supported stronger legislation, told LA School Report that he was not surprised by the veto: “I appreciate the governor, in my opinion, making a wise decision....
By LA School Report | October 10, 2013
Tonight: Deasy to Answer Questions on iPads on KLCS
With public concern over the launch of LA Unified’s iPad program showing no sign of letting up, Superintendent John Deasy will appear live tonight at 6pm on LAUSD-owned station KLCS, channel 58. He’s slated to talk specifically about the tablets and take questions from viewers. You can call, tweet or email a question. To find out how,...
By Chase Niesner | October 3, 2013
Memo: Deasy Touts Progress on Safety, Suspensions, & English Learners
Superintendent John Deasy recently laid out his vision for the Los Angeles Unified School District over the next three years. Though he focused mainly on his top priorities for spending future revenue, Deasy also reflected on the school system’s recent gains, including 800 new campus safety aides assigned to elementary and middle schools across the city....
By Brianna Sacks | June 5, 2013