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LAUSD teachers vote 'no confidence' in Supt. John Deasy

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Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy speaks during a press conference at South Region High School #2 in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2012. AFP/AFP/Getty Images

United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents LAUSD teachers, announced yesterday that a referendum vote on Superintendent John Deasy overwhelmingly voted against Deasy. More than 90 percent of teachers voted no confidence.

The vote of confidence for a superintendent is the first of its kind for the LAUSD. Less than 60 percent of the union's 32,000 teachers voted on the referendum, but the vote was still a large blow for Deasy's relationship with UTLA. Deasy has pushed for a teacher evaluation system that uses standardized test scores, and the ability to quickly dismiss teachers accused of misconduct or ineffectiveness.

The LAUSD and Supertintendent Deasy had no comment on the vote.

For more on the Superintendent Deasy's and the UTLA, Howard Blume from the LA Times joins the show. 

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