Patt Morrison for March 21, 2012

Big Man on Campus: LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy faces budget challenges

Deasy talks Miramonte

Tami Abdollah / KPCC

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy addresses media at South Region High School 2 after meeting with parents and informing them that all staff from Miramonte Elementary School will be replaced because of lewd conduct charges against two teachers in separate cases.

The LAUSD has had to deal with a lot of not exactly academic problems recently, including a large budget deficit and the fallout from multiple sexual abuse scandals.

Despite some recent good news that helped reduce the deficit, the school district still has a $390 million shortfall for the next school year. Superintendent John Deasy has proposed adding a $298 parcel tax to November’s ballot and working with Unified Teachers Los Angeles to come to an agreement over furloughs and temporary pay-cuts, but should these efforts to restore funding fail, the district will cut spending to adult education schools, art programs, and early education centers.

The school board has also unanimously approved two measures in response to the recent sexual abuse scandals throughout the district, one seeking to change state laws to allow quicker dismissal of district employees found guilty of misconduct with children and the second standardizing the process by which parents and students are notified about allegations against district staff. A lawsuit has been filed against the LAUSD for the part that the school district’s poor communication decisions might have played in perpetuating any abuse.

The district has been working to improve its social media presence, hiring a new director and enforcing a policy whereby they can monitor teachers’ online activity. That’s right, it’s Big Man on Campus, with LAUSD superintendent John Deasy here to answer your questions.

Guest:

John Deasy, superintendent, Los Angeles United School District


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