John Deasy Voted In as New Superintendent of the LAUSD
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America's second largest school district has named a new superintendent with no national search and no public input, and the School Board majority that chose John Deasy might not be around after the March election. In Sacramento, Governor Brown has appointed a new state Board of Education, after firing Arnold Schwarzenegger's reformers. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in the aftermath of Saturday's shooting, Arizona is a state divided. Should gun laws be strengthened or made more permissive? Have the economy and illegal immigration created a dangerously "toxic atmosphere?"
From LA to Sacramento, New Uncertainty in Public Education ()
The LA Unified School District has a new Superintendent. He's John Deasy, who's been assistant to retiring Ramon Cortines for the past few months. The vote of the elected school board was six to zero, with one abstention.
In Sacramento, there's new uncertainty about the State Board of Education, completely revamped by Governor Brown. Out went reformers, including Ted Michell and Ben Austin. Newcomers include the well-regarded former Long Beach Superintendent Carl Cohn, Michael Kirst who served during Brown's previous administration and Patricia Rucker, lobbyist for the California Teachers' Association.
- Tamar Galatzan: Board Member, LA Unified School District
- Steve Zimmer: Board Member, LAUSD, @lausd_zimmer
- A.J. Duffy: President, United Teachers Los Angeles
- Caprice Young: former President, Los Angeles Board of Education
- John Rogers: Co-Director, UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access
Guns and Politics in Arizona ()
President Obama will be in Tucson tomorrow at a memorial for the six people who died in Saturday's shooting, including federal judge John Roll. Today, the relatives and friends of many other victims made public statements.
- E.J. Montini: Columnist, Arizona Republic, @ejmontini
- Hildy Saizow: President, Arizonans for Gun Safety
- Charles Heller: Co-founder, Arizona Citizens Defense League
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