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?
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
100 days of executive action: Accomplishment or posturing? President Trump's first 100 days have featured a flood of high-profile executive orders. Which ones do what he says they do, and which ones don't? How are Trump voters feeling now?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.