If you were running for School Board it might seem obvious you would need to be prepared to answer this simple question:
“Do you support current LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy?”
But at last week’s District 6 candidate forum for the Los Angeles School Board race in the San Fernando Valley, this question made for some interesting theater:
Antonio Sanchez, an organizer and former staffer for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa confirmed straight away with a “yes.”
Monica Ratliff, a lawyer and elementary teacher, demurred, saying she is “hesitant to evaluate someone’s job performance based on articles I’ve read,” and would “need to know more” before evaluating him.
Maria Cano, a former LAUSD organizer, said, “I would think twice about evaluating him as a successful employee.”
All three of these candidates have been endorsed by the teachers union, which has been deeply critical of Deasy. But some candidates are having a hard time giving “The Supe” a clear thumbs up or down. Why?