Superintendent Deasy Says He Hasn't Submitted Resignation...Yet.

Superintendent Deasy Says He Hasn't Submitted Resignation...Yet.

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(FOX 11 / CNS) Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy told the Los Angeles Times today he has not submitted a letter of resignation.

The Times had reported that Deasy plans to resign in February, citing high-level district officials, including some who asked not to be named. There was no immediate response to City News Service's request for confirmation of the report.

Deasy told The Times he would have more to say about his future with the district Tuesday after he is evaluated by the Board of Education. Deasy has recently drawn heavy criticism for his handling of a $1 billion plan to give students iPads.

Deasy has revamped teacher evaluations to include the use of students' standardized-test scores and 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.

Deasy became superintendent in April 2011, succeeding retiring Superintendent Ramon Cortines. Deasy joined the district in August 2010 as Cortines' chief deputy.

Deasy received a one-year contract extension in October, extending his contract through June 2015, with an annual salary of $330,000, The Times reported.

Under the terms of Deasy's contract, the extension was automatic provided that he received a positive evaluation by the end of October. The school board and Deasy retained the right to terminate his employment at any time with 30 days' notice.

"Our students are benefiting from his innovative and visionary direction,'' then-school board President Monica Garcia said after the 6-0 vote in remarks reported by The Times.

Deasy previously served as deputy director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and Prince George's County Schools in Maryland.

 

From Gigi Graciette:

Right now what what's cooking on Beaudry is a whole lot of rumor seasoned with reaction. But as the say in español, "Cuando el río suena, es que piedras trae". Basically, it means usually there's some truth in rumors.

Now the rumor: Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent of LA's Unified School District, told someone on the Board of Education that come February he will resign.

The reaction: mixed.

School board President Richard Vladovic said he was "shocked, saddened and surprised" when he heard the rumor.  

While UTLA, the teacher's union was quick to issue a press release titled "It's About Time". Yeah, no love lost there.

Now, the reality.

Deasy is not talking but he is texting and in a brief "conversation" I had with him this morning, he wrote: "Am not discussing this topic. For the record I have not submitted a letter of resignation. Glad to talk after Tuesday board meeting. Now on to work we have kids to teach today"

Two important things stand out from my texts with him. The first, and it bears repeating, is the fact he says he has not submitted a letter of resignation.

The second, he didn't confirm or DENY the rumors. My experience with him, and I have interviewed him many times, is that he's a man who doesn't mince words and doesn't suffer fools lightly or tolerate rumors.

So what he didn't say may turn out to be more telling than what he did. Whether it's because the rumors are true or they're part of some bigger strategy, only he knows that.

But it also begs the question, if indeed he did tell someone he was going to resign, what context was it said in? A moment of frustration? An off-the-cuff remark many of us make daily (Except for me, of course! Love my job, Boss)

Or was he serious? Was the bureaucracy on Beaudry bigger than he thought? Is the man who works 19 hours a day tired? Has a better job offer come along? Something personal happen? The possibilities are endless.

Since Deasy took over in 2011 it has been one challenge, one problem after another at LAUSD. Starting with the bureaucracy and what often seems like an unwillingness to change the status quo, to change policies even when all agreed the policies were not working.

While many issues were inherited, decades old and didn't happen under his watch, Deasy had to deal with them nonetheless.

Like the sex abuse scandals involving teachers and the subsequent lawsuits resulting in multi-million dollar payouts that strained an already pared down budget to the never ending battle with UTLA, the teachers union.

And Deasy's attempt to modernize classrooms by giving students iPads - a good idea but a program that's been plagued with problems from the get go.

In his text, Deasy said he'll talk after next week's meeting. Maybe then the rumors will be laid to rest and we'll know for sure.

Meanwhile, as they say in español, the river of rumors is sure to keep flowing. 

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