From the LA Times:
The L.A. Unified school board could name an interim superintendent as
early as 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the sources, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because it involved a personnel matter and
As part of the departure agreement, Deasy is expected to receive
about 60 days' pay, or roughly $60,000, the sources said. His contract,
which was to run through June 2016, requires a severance payment of only
During his 3 1/2 years at the helm, Deasy, 53, oversaw a
continued rise in student performance during a period of financial cuts.
But he could not overcome election day setbacks, poor relations with
teachers and two back-to-back technology debacles.
But Deasy has faced strong criticism over the troubled rollout of a
$1.3-billion effort to provide iPads to every student, teacher and
campus administrator. Amid growing questions about how the iPad program
was run, Deasy announced in August that he was suspending new purchases
under the iPad contract.
Another technology project, a new student records system, malfunctioned this fall.
More broadly, critics have faulted Deasy for what they call an
autocratic, punitive leadership style that they say has demoralized
teachers and other employees.
Still, Deasy has enjoyed strong
support from key civic and business leaders, who have urged the Board of
Education in recent weeks to retain him.
He was also expected to increase revenue and enrollment. District
revenues have gone up sharply, but that was the result of an improved
statewide funding program. Enrollment has trended downward in recent
Would you look at that? Three-and-a-half years. It's not just Seattle, folks.
Lessons learned - you cannot be an effective superintendent without the support of teachers and parents. Doesn't matter how many civic or big-money supporters you have - you need the people on the front lines.