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John Deasy and the elected school board agree that academic achievement rose during his tenure as Superintendent of LA Unifed. So, did he really resign today… or was he pushed out of the second largest public school district in the United States? We’ll hear about Deasy’s departure, and about his interim replacement—Ramon Cortines, who’s been there before.

Also, sex with minor children is a business in Southern California. Law enforcement is finally beginning to treat the kids as victims, and courts are focused on rehabilitation, rather than punishment.

Banner Image: LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy speaks at a City Year event; Credit: City Year

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Claire Martin

Deasy Resigns from LA Unified 17 MIN, 56 SEC

In today’s letter of resignation as Superintendent of LA Schools, John Deasy says, “I am overwhelmed with pride in what this administration has accomplished for the youth of Los Angeles.” In announcing Deasy’s departure, the elected school board said “academic achievement rose substantially despite severe economic hardships” during Deasy’s tenure. Deasy’s resignation was accepted by a vote of 6 to 1, with Monica Ratliff voting no. The vote for Ramon Cortines as his interim replacement was unanimous.

Guests:
Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times (@LATstevelopez)
Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles (@UTLAnow)
Karen Wolfe, Publicist (@kwolfepack)

Selling Girls for Sex in LA 6 MIN, 41 SEC

“Too many children in Los Angeles County know that the sex trade has no borders.” That’s from an article in this month's Los Angeles Magazine, which reports that the kids can be “runaways fresh off the Greyhound,” "immigrants” from Southeast Asia or eastern Europe or aspiring “models” whose “managers have them convinced that sexual favors are standard operating procedure.” The writer is Mike Kessler, a freelancer who often produces for To the Point and Which Way, LA?

Guests:
Mike Kessler, freelance journalist (@mikeskessler)

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