Union “Surveys” Teachers for Deasy Criticism
Samantha Oltman | March 19, 2013
The teachers union’s on-again, off-again plan to survey its members on what they think about LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy’s job performance is back on again.
However, this time around the union has a much stronger idea of what kinds of negative views its members should express.
The union first mentioned in January that it planned to survey members about Deasy. At the time, the survey was described in neutral terms: “UTLA members will have the opportunity to rate Superintendent Deasy’s performance.” Less than a month later, UTLA postponed the survey without any explanation.
This time around, the union isn’t being shy about the negative view it has of Deasy and how it hopes its members share a similar perspective: “Time and again, Superintendent Deasy makes decisions that short-change students for the benefit of his private agenda,” the union says on its website. In its newsletter, UTLA urges members to email if they have examples of how “Deasy’s decisions have hurt our schools.”
In April, union members will also vote on an initiative that would call for union leadership to more aggressively oppose Deasy. LA School Report has reached out to UTLA again to get more information. We’ll update you when we hear back.