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?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.