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LA Unified may be in for another leadership change… or maybe not. It all depends on the elected school board, which has drawn up a termination agreement just in case. The teachers’ union wants John Deasy to go. The LA Times wants him to stay—if he and the board can learn to work together. The much-awaited evaluation process continues tomorrow — just as a judge has ruled that mismanagement of class schedules has deprived kids of their right to an education. Will technology save him or cost him his job?

Photo: Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy speaks at an event for City Year on Opening Day. (City Year)

Producers:
Evan George
Benjamin Gottlieb

Will LA Unified Flunk Its Superintendent? 23 MIN, 58 SEC

John Deasy has been Superintendent of LA Unified for three and a half years—weathering storms over iPads and, most recently, a disaster in class scheduling. But graduation rates are up, and more minority kids are enrolled in Advanced Placement. Tomorrow, the elected school board begins his annual evaluation, and tonight we’ll hear why he’s so controversial.

Guests:
Karin Klein, Los Angeles Times
Steve Zimmer, LA Unified School District (@lausd_zimmer)
Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles (@UTLAnow)
Antonia Hernandez, President and CEO, California Community Foundation

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