After three and a half years heading the LA Unified School District, John Deasy stepped down from his post this week. He’s set to remain with the district on “special assignment” through the end of the year. His predecessor, former Superintendent Ramon Cortines was named interim superintendent; he’ll take over on Monday. Under Deasy’s tenure, the school district came under fire for a plan to equip every student with an iPad, and the board’s investigation into his handling of that $1.3 billion plan will continue. There were also teacher scandals involving sexual impropriety, and a teachers’ union that voted no confidence in him. It’s been a big week – and to be sure – a big couple of years at LAUSD. Howard Blume is longtime education reporter at the LA Times, and Vanessa Romo writes for the news website LA School Report. They spoke to KCRW's Steve Chiotakis.
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