FROM Vicky Montes
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.
Grown-Ups Continue the Battle over Educating Children Almost half the members of LA Unified's teachers' union have voted " no confidence " in reform-minded Superintendent John Deasy. Out of 33,000 members, the count was 16,040 to 1,647. Even before the vote was tallied, Deasy said he was "too busy working to serve all students… to pay attention to this nonsense." But he says he is "gratified and heartened" by a poll by a new coalition of civic and community groups that's very supportive of his efforts.
Is the Superintendent Trying to Break Up the LAUSD? Mayor Villaraigosa will be taking responsibility for two groups of the lowest-performing schools in the LA Unified School District. Now, LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer wants to put 44 of LA's lowest-performing schools into a separate district with its own superintendent, its own curriculum and its own rules. Is it the beginning of a breakup for the Los Angeles Unified School District ? Would it lead to a power struggle between Brewer and Villaraigosa? We talk with the Superintendent, administrators and educators. Also, after nine months of sending the wrong checks to teachers, what about fixing the new payroll system? Also, for nine months, the LAUSD has been sending the wrong amounts of money to teachers and other employees. Sometimes too much, sometimes not enough. What about fixing the new payroll system?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?