L.A. Schools Supt. John Deasy to Resign

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy has told Board of Education members that he plans to resign in February, according to high-level district officials, including some who asked not to be named.


Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Dr. John Deasy speaks to administrators last summer. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The reaction from the office of board President Richard Vladovic left little doubt. “We are shocked,” said Mike Trujillo, a spokesman. “Dr. Vladovic is shocked, saddened and surprised.”

Deasy, 52, was not immediately available for comment, but his departure would end the relatively brief tenure of a leader who made his mark with aggressive, sometimes controversial policies in L.A. Unified, the nation’s second-largest school system.

His major initiatives included revamping teacher evaluations to include the use of students’ standardized-test scores. He also altered the seniority system to limit the effect of job cuts at schools with large numbers of less-experienced instructors, who are generally the first to be laid off. And the school system recently embarked on a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student and teacher.

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