Former Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy spoke out Friday morning on where he might be headed next, saying he's considering jobs in youth corrections or superintendent development and even political office.
After a day of silence, Deasy gave an early interview Friday to NPR's Steve Inskeep. He later joined a press call hosted by Students Matter, the group behind the recent Vergara lawsuit where a judge ruled that the laws behind teacher tenure were unconstitutional. He revealed details of his possible next steps during the Students Matter call following a question from KPCC.
"I'm not going to speak about them specifically but I would give you the general topics. One would be youth corrections," he said. "Another would be working and supporting the development of superintendents, and the third would be a consideration for political office." (Click above to listen to audio from the call.)
Deasy said he has yet to make up his mind.
"I'll try to conclude my thinking on the next way to serve, probably by the holidays," he said.
Wherever Deasy ends up next, it won't be at Los Angeles Unified. Deasy's separation agreement with the district includes language that essentially bans him from ever working for Los Angeles Unified again after Dec. 31.
"DEASY agrees that he will not seek or accept employment or independent contractor status with the district in any capacity in the future," the separation agreement reads.
Until the end of the year, Deasy will serve as an advisor to the district on "special assignment." The agreement notes that his assistance may be needed with ongoing or threatened litigation and to help with the transition to a new superintendent.
In the call, Deasy also acknowledged that some of his signature policies like teacher evaluations, his iPad program and stricter teacher tenure strategy could be at risk now that he's no longer heading the district.
"I think that would be a shame for youth," he said. "I hope that isn't the case, but on the other hand there's absolutely zero that I could do about that or should."
Deasy also responded to criticism about his hard-charging management style.
Excerpt from Deasy's comments during the press call:
I take complete responsibility for the consequence of my leadership style. In both results and in my failing to have been able to modify or adopt a style as boards change. And I wish I could have found a better balance between my feeling of urgency in my observation of overwhelming peril and poverty for kids and the ability to have built a more unified will to, to move quickly to do that. And I was not successful at that piece. So yeah, I think I own a great deal of that. You own that and you own the results. What is a little disconcerting to me is that also in the climate of policy and law that also stands in the way of moving this forward in, in our particular state of California. So it's definitely an uphill battle and one that I'll get the opportunity to do some real reflection and growth from it and hope that the students who are now better off continue to be that way.