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Reaction to the governor's talk: LAUSD superintendent talks to KPCC

 John Deasy, head of the Los Angeles Unified School District
John Deasy, head of the Los Angeles Unified School District
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LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy spoke today with Patt Morrison today about Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal and reaction to his State of the State speech.

Deasy recommended the district's board examine a parcel tax to raise revenue in light of the $543 million budget deficit for this next year.

"We are now seriously working on a proposal to the board for a local short-term funding initiative so we don't permanently dismantle" public education, Deasy said today.

The superintendent said the governor's idea to create a more qualitative assessment system for teachers is something LAUSD is already working on and would lead to a "more robust fair and responsible appraisal system in the state of California."

"We're sick and tired of the cuts as well," Deasy said.

Deasy put out an official statement today on the governor's speech.

"Our current reality is that this Great Recession has hit our students’ education in extreme ways without the proper protection from the State. I look forward to taxpayers sharing our concern and commitment that our children deserve the educational experience we had and no less. It is time for our state to invest in our children no matter their zip code or circumstance."

Also this afternoon, KPCC radio reporter Vanessa Romo will be in Burbank doing a live report (sometimes after 5 p.m.) from Bret Harte Elementary School, where Brown will be meeting in a closed session with a group of teachers.

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