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Old 10-16-2014, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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2nd largest school district in the nation. Deasy gets $60,000 severance pay, hes quitting today, I forgot the ridiculous amount he makes but the next guy they will probably pay even more. Michel King will be the interim supervisor.
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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$1 billion iPad plan.

One billion U.S. dollars.
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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2nd largest school district in the nation. Deasy gets $60,000 severance pay, hes quitting today, I forgot the ridiculous amount he makes but the next guy they will probably pay even more. Michel King will be the interim supervisor.
Err $60K is nothing for a high level position such as his. Personally, no matter your opinion of his performance (and I don't have one), he got shafted on the severance. If a CEO got a $60K severance it would be insane. This just shows the position is not important and getting someone to step down for a better leader is not a big deal. No wonder the LAUSD is the laughing stock of the nation.

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Old 10-16-2014, 12:24 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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Why should anyone get a huge payout for quitting after doing a lousy job? Any why should superintendents be treated like CEOs? His job was to help children, not turn a profit for shareholders.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:23 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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LAUSD superintendent is an impossible job. The system is obviously broken, so you have to choose a side for or against the teachers union. if you go with the union, you'll have an easier life, but history has shown limited progress (if any will be made). if you're a pioneer and choose to go against the union, you'll have a constant uphill battle against a powerful organization that has ties to city hall. the only way to beat out the union is to make immediate and profound change, which some might say is impossible in the massive LAUSD.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:39 PM
 
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Why should anyone get a huge payout for quitting after doing a lousy job? Any why should superintendents be treated like CEOs? His job was to help children, not turn a profit for shareholders.
He is not leaving voluntarily. That's just the spin. Would the Chancellor at USC or UCLA or any of the Deans at any decent academic institution with a budget of millions get only a $60K severance? The LAUSD serves a large geographic territory and serves tens of thousands of students. It's mission should be to prepare its students to go to universities of the highest caliber. Being the CEO of the LAUSD should be an important job but it seems it is not. No wonder its hard to recruit the crème de la crème to be teachers and the LAUSD ends up with just average people.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reading the news about the IPad debaucle, he may have a job lined up with Apple, or more likely, Pearson.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:51 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Reports: LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy To Resign « CBS Los Angeles

He was my Superintendent before LA. He left us (after committing to 8 years) for the Gates Foundation after questions were raised about the validity of his Doctorate.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Deasy was a crook, but his heart was in the right place on school choice. The next guy will probably be even worse as he'll probably be in the pocket of the union.

What Deasy had going for him was his ties to L.A.'s political elite. He silenced the many critics of LAUSD who were mounting efforts to break it up. He'd convinced his pals like Eli Broad to stay behind the district rather than support plans to do away with it at least in its current form.

Without Deasy, LAUSD's future as it exists now becomes less certain.
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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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.
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