LAUSD Extends Superintendant John Deasy's Contract until 2016
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After days of uncertainty — and a conditional offer of resignation — Superintendent John Deasy got a "satisfactory" rating yesterday from LA's elected School Board. Despite sometimes heated differences with board members, he'll stay on until 2016. Can they really work together on budget issues, the "common core" curriculum, and disputes over teacher evaluations and Deasy's troubled effort to give every student an iPad? Also, California's Lieutenant Governor wants to legalize recreational marijuana.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius spent more than three hours before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today, taking the blame for the problems with Healthcare.gov and defending the Affordable Care Act. We hear excerpts and arguments about the issues being raised.
John Deasy Survives at the LAUSD ()
Past superintendents of LA schools have been controversial, but John Deasy has set a new standard. Unionized teachers gave him a 91% vote of "no confidence." The make-up of the elected school board that hired him has changed, with some supporters replaced by skeptics about the "school reform" movement he represents. Yesterday, he delivered a formal offer to resign and become a consultant. But, in a closed door meeting that lasted five hours, he was given a rating of "satisfactory," meaning he's still on the job.
Lieutenant Governor Backs Legalization of Marijuana ()
When he was Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom conducted marriages of gays and lesbians — in 2004, years before the courts came around. Now, as Lieutenant Governor, he's leading an effort to fully legalize and regulate marijuana. Two weeks ago, he was targeting the state ballot in 2016 but, since then, polls show voters might be ready next year.
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