Teacher layoffs and relocations, campus closures, fights with UTLA and charter school organizations, cuts in academic programs, low student test scores…all are part of a typical day in the life of LAUSD Superintendant John Deasy. Having joined what some would call a sinking ship in January, Deasy has played an active role in reorganizing LAUSD schools and staff, mostly recently overseeing the Board of Education’s decision to meet a $408 million shortfall in funds with cuts and employment terminations. But other changes with big implications for LAUSD have occurred too, like the school district’s drop of two charter schools, a new homework policy, and Jerry Brown’s signature on the law that requires textbooks to include LGBT history. Clearly, it ain’t easy being Deasy. Join Patt for a discussion with the Superintendent of the second-largest school district in America, and weigh in with your education questions and comments.
John Deasy, Superintendent to the Los Angeles Unified School District