Weingarten pleads for ‘collaboration’ in Deasy aftermath
In a speech today in Buena Park, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, cited former LA Unified superintendent John Deasy as a failed example of school district management and argued for collaboration over fiat as the pathway to success in public education. “Collaboration is the vehicle that creates trust. It’s the vehicle that...
By LA School Report | October 22, 2014
Commentary: Please, school board, focus on our children
By Michelle Crames My daughter started Kindergarten this year, and part of why I enrolled her in public school was that things were getting better, and my belief that our family’s energy and resources could contribute to bettering our community. Two months after her start, we learn that Superintendent John Deasy, who has provided leadership...
By Guest contributor | October 21, 2014
LA Unified’s next boss? Round up the usual (and unusual) suspects
Now that John Deasy has stepped down as superintendent of LA Unified, replaced on an interim basis by Ray Cortines, it’s open season on speculating who might be considered as a permanent superintendent. In the second largest district in the nation, the challenges of finding a candidate who is qualified, interested in the job and gels with the...
By Craig Clough | October 21, 2014
$300K contract for Cortines comes before LA Unified board
* UPDATED If it’s Tuesday, there must be another LA Unified board meeting. Now that the John Deasy era is over, the seven members begin facing more mundane matters, and this time, tomorrow, the 10 am meeting has only one item for open discussion before the members move behind closed doors to discuss, among other...
By LA School Report | October 20, 2014
Commentary: On a momentous day, where was Vladovic?
What a momentous day it was. One superintendent out. Another steps in. The LA Unified community and social media were alive with chatter — people sorry to see John Deasy go, people celebrating his departure, people happy to see Ray Cortines return for a third deployment, people wondering what the school board was smoking in...
By Michael Janofsky | October 17, 2014
Zimmer: LA Unified Board Wants Deasy to Stay
In anticipation of what’s sure to be a long and dramatic school board meeting tomorrow, LA Unified board member Steve Zimmer says he’s optimistic that the board can convince Superintendent John Deasy not to resign as head of the nation’s second largest school district. “What I know is that I want to continue to work...
By Vanessa Romo | October 28, 2013
Lost in Resignation, Vladovic Faces a Censure Motion
Expectations of John Deasy‘s resignation as superintendent of LA Unified have shoved aside almost every other matter before the school board at its meeting tomorrow, including a detailed review of the iPad program, which has now been postponed. The board is taking up Deasy’s situation in a closed-door session, leaving only one item on the...
By Michael Janofsky | October 28, 2013