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LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Resigns

Deasy's resignation comes on the heels of weeks of negotiations.

John Deasy (LAUSD)
John Deasy (LAUSD)

Courtesy of Neon Tommy's Olivia Niland

Los Angeles superintendent John Deasy officially resigned today.

Deasy's employment ended after weeks of negotiations to reach a separation agreement.   

Deasy’s contract runs through 2016 but provides for termination with 30 days notice. The Los Angeles Times reported that Deasy is likely to receive a buyout of 60 days pay, or $60,000.  

One of Deasy’s chief deputies, Michelle King, and former Superintendant Ramon Cortines are possible candidates for the job.

Deasy’s time as the head of the nation’s second-largest school district in the nation has been met with criticism from the teachers’ union and some board members. They were especially critical of the rollout of a $1.3 billion program to provide i-Pads to every student, teacher and campus administrator in the district.

The situation escalated with allegations that Deasy and a former chief deputy were involved in discussions with Apple and the education publisher Pearson before the bidding process ended and contracts were approved.

Supporters give him credit for gains in test scores and graduation rates, improved results for students learning English, a reduction in suspensions, a classroom breakfast program and his efforts to make teacher and principal evaluations more rigorous.

LAUSD appointed Ramon Cortines as interim superintendent.

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