The Los Angeles Unified School district is the second-largest in the nation, serving roughly 650,000 students every year. It is also a tough population: many of these students are poor, minority or just learning English.
Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he won't be calling on resigned Superintendent Deasy for advice, despite reports that the district will pay the former supe $60,000 as a paid adviser through the end of this calendar year.
John Deasy's resignation, announced by the L.A. Unified board on Thursday, comes after high-profile tussles with the teacher's union and a troubled initiative to get an iPad in every student's hand. Listen to the interview.