abc7.com - KABC Los Angeles News. John Deasy talks LAUSD ... LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy is seen on the Jan. 6, 2013 episode of KABC Eyewitness Newsmakers | http://bit.ly/13gRLAe
Eyewitness Newsmakers, a half-hour weekly program dedicated to a deeper exploration of local issues and concerns airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on ABC7. The show is hosted by Adrienne Alpert.
- Deasy heralds return of 180 day school year.
- All furloughs restored.
- RIFs/Layoffs/Pink slips not rescinded. “…maybe next year”
- …dodging the issue of continuing declining enrollment
- Continues to argue how bad it would've been had Prop 30 failed.
- It could’ve been worse does not equal success!
- Supports Gov Brown’s Weighted Student Formula and increased Flexibility.
- Question about restoring Class Size Reduction also dodged …without committing to support CSR and seeming to welcome CSR funds going somewhere else through flexibility.
- No mention of restoring Salary Basis – which as reductions in hours and days worked were salary cuts to District staff.
- In federal funding challenges Deasy discusses how the Fiscal Cliff morphs into the Budget Ceiling – with a potential 18% cut in federal funding to neediest kids.
- Agrees with Chief Beck that in Sandy Hook aftermath and security arrangement with LAPD “a barrier has been broken in our culture.”
- Advocates for teacher support of upcoming LAUSD/UTLA contract revision vote which (his words) supports “value-added evaluation” of schools and individual employees to measure “academic growth over time” to improve teacher “quality control”.
- Continues to bemoan UTLA failure to support his Race-to-the-Top application – which “cost LAUSD over $40 million” …without noting that LAUSD’s application was an egg, not a chicken – an entry in a competitive field.