Top 5 reasons the school board won’t vote on Deasy
Will the fate of John Deasy, the beleaguered LA Unified school chief who evokes passion among both supporters and critics, come down to a school board vote at his performance review scheduled for later this month? We say unlikely. Here are the top 5 reasons why: FOUR VOTES NEEDED (AND ITS PUBLIC) When the...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | October 8, 2014
Morning Read: Take Everything in Stride, Deasy Tells the Staff
Superintendent Deasy Urges Staff to ‘Stay Calm’ in the Face of Change In his annual back-to-school address, Los Angeles schools superintendent John Deasy on Thursday sought to reassure teachers and principals as the nation’s second-largest school district undergoes major classroom changes in the coming year. Speaking to hundreds of administrators and members of the school...
By LA School Report | August 9, 2013
School Board Approves Tablets, Nixes Layoffs
On the grounds that wireless internet radiation “causes cancer,” six people showed up to Tuesday’s School Board meeting to protest a $500 million plan that will give all students and teachers portable computing devices by 2014. But it was all to no avail. In a strangely contention-less meeting — the last before the March 5 elections...
By Hillel Aron | February 13, 2013
UTLA Calls Off Survey on Deasy
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has suspended its plan to send union members a survey asking them to rate LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy’s performance, according to a recent union newsletter. The UTLA Board of Directors voted to suspend the survey, which had been set to go to members early this month. UTLA has not yet...
By Samantha Oltman | February 11, 2013
Deasy Praises Brown Budget Proposal
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy praised the budget proposal California Gov. Jerry Brown released today, saying in a press release, “the changes announced today are quite positive for our students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.” In his proposal, Governor Brown would fund school districts based on the number of its students and the level...
By Samantha Oltman | January 10, 2013
Morning Read: Uncertainties in UTLA, Board Races
Fraud Allegations Swirl Around Firm Run by Two LA Candidates Two would-be candidates for the Los Angeles school board have accused a campaign consulting firm — run by two contenders for city office — of botching their efforts to get on the ballot. LA Times Contested UTLA Panel Elections Signal Internal Fissures Some union members...
By Samantha Oltman | January 7, 2013
Board Members Aim to ‘Cuff Supt?
A controversial item on the LAUSD School Board agenda this week proposes drastically limiting Superintendent John Deasy’s ability to seek funding for the district by applying for public or private grants. The resolution, initiated by School Board Members Richard Vladovic, Bennett Kayser, and Marguerite LaMotte, aims to give the school board veto power over grant...
By Samantha Oltman | December 7, 2012
Morning Read: LAUSD Approves Teacher Grading Deal
L.A. Unified Says Deal on Evaluations Meets Court Order The Los Angeles Unified School District filed court papers Tuesday asserting that a new tentative agreement with the teachers union has satisfied judicial orders to use state standardized test scores in instructor evaluations. LA Times LAUSD Board OKs Deal With Teachers Union on Performance Evaluations The...
By Samantha Oltman | December 5, 2012