Signs point to new LAUSD superintendent by early next week
Here’s another bit of evidence to suggest that LA Unified will have a new superintendent by next week. The agenda for a board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12 includes this: “Recommends approval of an employment agreement for the Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent of Schools.” That would presume that the members will have coalesced around one candidate...
By Mike Szymanski | January 7, 2016
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: Ray Cortines, the once and future
Probably no one has flunked retirement worse than Ray Cortines. At 82, he’s signed on to steer the Los Angeles Unified School District for the third time. Twice before he served as an interim superintendent, and he held the post for three years immediately before John Deasy’s tenure. Cortines understands big city school systems. In...
By Charles Taylor Kerchner | October 20, 2014
Preview: Board to Consider Hiring, Formula Issues
At the May School Board meeting earlier this month, Board member Bennett Kayser (pictured) called for a special meeting to discuss next year’s budget, which is due June 30. That meeting is being held on Tuesday, June 4, at which time Board members are scheduled to introduce to two new resolutions (see agenda here), which...
By Hillel Aron | May 31, 2013
Linking Suspensions and Health Risks
The largest health foundation in the state, the California Endowment, is putting big money behind an issue not usually associated with health: student suspension and expulsion policies. Earlier this week, the Endowment ran a full-page advertisement in four major California newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, praising legislators for recently passing six statewide laws to...
By Samantha Oltman | October 12, 2012
Review Of “The Takeover Artist”
I finally got around to reading the newish, longish LA Magazine profile on Superintendent John Deasy, The Takeover Artist, by Ed Leibowitz, and it’s a good read I’d recommend everyone check out. Leibowitz is a fantastic writer, comparing LAUSD’s structure to “the work of a madman,” getting Deasy critics to make juicy remarks, and dishing up...
By Hillel Aron | September 6, 2012