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LA Unified Superintendent Deasy 'welcomes' state audit into how LAUSD handled abuse claims

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L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy released a statement today saying he "welcomes a legislative audit" into the recent incidents of alleged sexual abuse at some of the district's campuses.

"The District supports any audit from governing agencies that seeks to strengthen laws to protect children," Deasy said in the statement. "This would include speeding up the process by which the District can dismiss emplyoees proven to have engaged in sexual misconduct. It's my expectation that any thorough audit would also look at the policies and procedures law enforcement follows in these cases."

Deasy said the district and its board are working to strengthen guidelines on how it notifies parents of sexual misconduct allegations in their children's schools. Details of these guidelines will be officially unveiled at a March 13 board meeting, but board member Nury Martinez provided KPCC with some details on the resolution she is crafting last week.

A commission headed by former California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carlos Moreno is expected to begin its work on examining policies and procedures regarding the handling of sexual abuse allegations at LAUSD presently.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).

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