Los Angeles Schools Supt. Deasy to resign

Oct 25, 2013 by

Last-chanceJohn Deasy, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District who has been at the center of a  troubled $1 billion technology initiative, has told Board of Education members that he will soon resign just weeks after getting a one-year contract extension, the  Los Angeles Times reported.

Deasy has abruptly resigned from a schools superintendency before; in 2008, he quit as chief of the Prince George’s County public school district after two years to accept a job as deputy director of the education division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Los Angeles newspaper did not offer a reason for the latest move by Deasy, who took over the district in April 2011 and proceeded to push a series of controversial school reforms, including a new teacher assessment system that based part of a teacher’s evaluation on the standardized test scores of students and an ambitious project to give an iPad to every child in the 650,000-student district and their teachers for home use.

The iPad effort was immediately controversial; Deasy chose to fund it with school construction bonds, and it was discovered early on that nobody had allocated money to buy keyboards for the iPads, a mistake that will cost the district millions of dollars. Distribution of the iPads came to a halt shortly after it started when students hacked into the devices to  to check Facebook and for other personal uses.

Los Angeles Schools Supt. Deasy to resign — report.

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