Business, civic leaders call on L.A. school board to retain John Deasy
Local business and civic leaders are calling on the Los Angeles Board of Education to retain Supt. John Deasy, hoping to head off potential action by a board majority that is unhappy with him.
The school board is scheduled to meet behind closed doors Tuesday to plan Deasy’s Oct. 21 job evaluation. But Deasy’s supporters are concerned that he won’t remain in the job until then.
“We are united in urging the LAUSD Board of Education to put our children’s interests first and retain Superintendent John Deasy,” said the letter from the Civic Alliance, a group of key business and civic leaders. “Discharging Superintendent Deasy will have devastating implications to the education of our children, throwing the District into chaos with yet another transition at LAUSD.”
That letter, sent to all seven school board members, is an unambiguous vote of confidence. It signifies that support for Deasy remains strong within the power base that has backed him since he became superintendent in April 2011.
Deasy has been under increasing pressure because of deteriorating relations with the board and problems with major technology projects, including a stalled effort to provide computers to all students.
The letter alludes to these issues, but then sets them aside: “Superintendent Deasy is not perfect. But progress made in boosting the education of our children under his leadership outweighs the business decisions by which he is being judged.”