Zahira Torres and Howard Blume wrote a blockbuster assessment of John Deasy’s tumultuous tenure as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School
District. Being good reporters, they bent over backwards to tell this sordid tale without rendering judgment. But the facts they present are damning. They were largely gathered from Deasy’s travel and expense records, which the reporters obtained by a Freedom of Information request.
1. He had a heavy travel schedule, which took him away from the district for 200 days. His travels interfered with his responsibilities.
“At key moments of tumult in the district, the records show, Deasy was simply not in town….
“The beginning of the end came a year ago, just before the school year started. Deasy was in New York to discuss challenges threatening education reform.
“Back at home, the city’s public schools were in disarray. By the time Deasy returned for the first day…
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