Friday, April 12, 2013

Los Angeles Superintendent Receives Vote Of No Confidence From Teachers

The Los Angeles Times (4/12, Blume) reports, "Los Angeles teachers overwhelmingly expressed 'no confidence' in L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy in the first vote of its kind in the nation's second-largest school system. ... 91% of the participating teachers expressed disapproval of Deasy, with about 17,700 of the union's more than 32,000 members casting ballots, the teachers union announced Thursday."

The Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram (4/12, Jones) reports, "LAUSD's teachers union issued an overwhelming vote of no-confidence Thursday in the leadership of Superintendent John Deasy as he finishes his second year ... In the poll by United Teachers Los Angeles, 16,040 union members expressed displeasure with Deasy, while only 1,647 said they had confidence in the direction of LAUSD since he took the helm two years ago." Yet, "a new coalition of civil rights groups, led by the United Way, was releasing its own survey of civic, education and community groups, reflecting strong support for Deasy's efforts. The survey by CLASS - Communities for LA Student Success - was conducted in the wake of a divisive school board race that pitted the so-called reform movement against organized labor." And "according to the poll, 98 percent believe it is important or critical to improve graduation rates for Latinos and African-American students, and 95 percent supported greater autonomy for local schools. There also was strong support for expanding the use of technology in the classroom and for using a data-based system to evaluate the performance of teachers and principals."

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