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LAUSD Board Names John Deasy as New Superintendent

Board president Monica Garcia shakes John Deasy's hand, as members of the Board, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, look on (Photo by Lauren Alicia Mendoza/courtesy LAUSD)
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With a 6-0 vote, the Los Angeles Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. John Deasy as the next Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Deasy has been serving as the deputy superintendent since August 2, 2010, and will begin his new post on April 15th, following the departure of Superintendent Ramon Cortines, who announced his retirement last July.

For his troubles--and, considering it's the LAUSD there's bound to be troubles in spades--Deasy will earn $330,00 a year, be provided with a company car and driver, and be employed on a three-year contract with no buyout clause (remember the last time their Super left?).

Deasy, whose national rep is as a "public education reformer," has hopes to "dramatically improve student achievement," in the district. The LAUSD says Deasy "is aggressively involved in improving the effectiveness of teachers through methods that link evaluations to student achievement and other measures including merit pay."