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August 18, 2013

LA Superintendent Deasy: One of the Biggest Adjustments Ever

Vanessa Romo:

In Part One of a two-part interview, LA School Report contributor Vanessa Romo talks with Deasy about his relationship with teachers, the challenges of pioneering the new Common Core curriculum and the possibility that district-wide test scores might fall this year.
Q: Despite the upward trend of metrics that suggest the district is making progress - rising API scores, increasing graduation rates, and a significant reduction in suspension rates - the vast majority of respondents* to a teachers' union survey found your performance either "below average" or "poor", especially when it comes to morale and spending money. How do you answer your critics?

A: I can make no sense of it whatsoever. I have a fantastic relationship with the teachers of this district. Our teachers are doing a phenomenal job. I've been calling on the Board to give teachers and all employees a raise. I admire them, and I'm not confused about my mission, which is to lift youth out of poverty.

If you want to get technical about it, I don't spend money. I make recommendations, and the [school] board decides. So since my recommendation is that 96 cents of every dollar go to schools, I don't even know how to respond to that statement. I'm looking for partners to do this work with the teachers union leadership. I would love to have a partner to advance this work and recognize great teaching.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at August 18, 2013 12:51 AM
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