John Deasy, the new Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District lays out his agenda for the district’s ailing schools. Deasy wants to increase graduation rates from 55% to 70% by 2015, increase attendance, raise standardized test scores, improve English comprehension, and lower suspension rates. He also intends to double the rates of students in middle and high school who test proficient in math and triple the percentage of students that pass university prep courses. As an incentive he will receive a $10,000 bonus if he can raise graduation rates by 8% in any given year. Can the new Superintendent achieve such ambitious goals given the district’s budget crisis and the other serious problems LAUSD faces?
John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent