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Old 10-17-2014, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by timtemtym View Post
It really is time to break up LA Unified. I came from a smaller district that was completely title 1 (at every school in our district, the kids got free breakfast, lunch, and dinner if they wanted it after dismissal). It was very well run and our superintendent knew every school and most of the teachers and our needs.

Getting anything from the district requires a ton of investigation to find the appropriate people and then a whole lot of finesse to get what I need from them. It's not that they're incompetent, it's that they have 700 other schools to deal with. A lot of the older teachers are so over it that they don't even bother finding the right people or making the requests.

A few years back they went and consolidated the 8 subdistricts into 4 regional districts which only makes matters worse. There should at minimum be an SFVUSD, LAUSD, and HarborUSD. It is not more economical to make it one giant district.

Las Vegas is headed this way by having one school district for all of Clark County.

Anyways, I'm hoping this Cortines guy can address some issues like class size and teacher compensation. If not, I'll consider other districts at the end of this year, it's increasingly not worth it.
Cortines has held the job twice before, having preceded Deasy in the job until he was forced to resign for sexually harrassing a male employee. He's honest (unlike Deasy) but he's too much a part of the system and the system's way of doing things. He doesn't have the vision to fix things and can't think outside the box. The odds of him fixing anything are close to zero, although there won't be any IPad scandals on his watch.

It's definitely time to break up the district - but that has to be done on the state level, and with the CTA as such a powerful force, and CTA lackey Kevin De Leon in charge of the Senate, the chances of doing this are not good.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:12 PM
Location: So Ca
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Hard to believe that someone with his intelligence and experience could perform so poorly.
Deasy's leadership deficit led to his downfall - LA Times
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