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July 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The private warning from Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy was clear: If Richard Vladovic became president of the Board of Education, Deasy was poised to resign and cause a maelstrom in the nation's second-largest school system. Vladovic became board president regardless last week - elected by colleagues on the seven-member body. It was a testament to political skills honed during decades in the Los Angeles Unified School District. And Deasy, who had made his threat known to civic leaders and district officials, backed down.
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April 21, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has reviewed an internal L.A. school district report on its iPad contract and concluded that criminal charges are not warranted. The report, which has not been released publicly, raises issues about the handling of the bidding process, according to L.A. Unified School District officials who spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to discuss it. Apple's iPad was selected in June as the device to be provided to every student, teacher and campus administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
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October 28, 2013
Talk with Los Angeles Times reporter Howard Blume at 9 a.m. about the future of Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy. In his  latest piece , Blume writes:  "When John Deasy took the helm of Los Angeles Unified in 2011, he was backed by the school board, mayor and civic leaders in a bid to transform the nation's second-largest school district with bold measures to improve student performance. "Now Deasy's future - along with  the district 's direction - is in doubt at a critical point.
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April 16, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
A candlelight vigil is planned for Wednesday to honor Jennifer Bonilla,  a student from Dorsey High School who was among those killed in a bus crash in Northern California last week.  The vigil will begin at 5 p.m. at Dorsey High School, 3537 Farmdale Avenue in the Crenshaw area. WHO THEY WERE: Orland bus crash victims Jennifer, a 17-year-old senior, died last week in the crash that claimed 10 lives. Five of them, including Jennifer, were students on their way to a college tour of Humboldt State University.
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October 30, 2013
Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times education reporter Howard Blume about the latest with L.A. schools chief John Deasy . On Tuesday, L.A. Unified's legal counsel announced Deasy will continue to lead the nation's second-largest school district through June 2016, ending days of speculation about his future. Deasy, 52, received a satisfactory evaluation from the L.A. Unified Board of Education during a nearly five-hour, closed-door meeting. Last week, he told some high-level district officials he would resign amid reports he was frustrated by a new school board majority that challenged his policies and philosophy.
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October 30, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday praised the L.A. Board of Education and Supt. John Deasy for coming to an agreement for the superintendent to remain on the job, but insisted they smooth over their strained relationship and work together going forward. “I congratulate the board and the superintendent for being adults yesterday and coming together in the interest of our children,” Garcetti told reporters at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles. On Tuesday, following a nearly five-hour, closed-door meeting, Deasy received a satisfactory evaluation from the board, which extended his contract through June 2016 and ended days of speculation about his future.
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October 4, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy took on critics of his $1-billion iPad program this week in a live call-in segment of a show on the L.A. Unified School District-owned television station. The effort was an attempt to counter critical media attention over the superintendent's efforts to provide a tablet computer to every student and teacher in the nation's second-largest school system. So far, most of the coverage has focused on early problems , such as more than 300 high school students bypassing a security filter so they could reach unauthorized websites.
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January 12, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
In John Deasy, the Los Angeles Board of Education selected a new superintendent who is seemingly a man of contradictions. He was raised in a strong union household yet challenges work rules fiercely defended by unions. He supports making it easier to dismiss teachers but also insists that a school system cannot fire its way to success. He's going to be accused of being a tool of the Gates Foundation, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ?
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October 24, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy, who has led the nation's second-largest school system since 2011, has told some top district officials that he could be leaving in coming months. Deasy declined to discuss his intentions Thursday evening, saying that he has not submitted a letter of resignation and that he would have more to say after his job evaluation Tuesday. But the office of Board of Education President Richard Vladovic said Vladovic was among those who'd spoken with the superintendent Thursday.
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January 7, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday to appoint John Deasy as the next superintendent of the nation's second-largest school district, sources said Thursday. Deasy would replace Ramon C. Cortines, 78, who announced last year that he would retire this spring from the system he has headed since 2008. No Los Angeles Unified School District officials or administrators were willing to publicly discuss Deasy's presumed hiring. Employees said they had no authorization to do so, and elected officials said it would be improper to discuss the board's private deliberations.
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April 12, 2014 | Howard Blume and Teresa Watanabe
On some campuses, there were tears. On others, relief. But frustration was another overriding sentiment at many Southern California high schools Friday, as officials scrambled to pin down whether their students were aboard the ill-fated bus that crashed in flames en route to a college tour. In Los Angeles Unified, Supt. John Deasy said a number of issues complicated efforts to determine which students were on the bus to Humboldt State. A day after the fiery crash, district officials still had not accounted for all 19 students from 16 high schools who took the trip.
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April 12, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar and Paige St. John
Students from Los Angeles who went on to attend an orientation program at Humboldt State University after Thursday's deadly bus crash on Interstate 5 have begun their trip home. One of the buses carrying students and chaperons to the university for the program was struck head-on by a FedEx truck that had crossed a grassy median on Interstate 5 near Orland, north of Sacramento. Five students from the Los Angeles area died in the accident, along with three chaperons and the drivers of the bus and truck.
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April 11, 2014 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy on Friday provided an updated list of 14 Los Angeles Unified campuses with students on the bus involved in a fatal crash Thursday night near Orland, Calif. Deasy said he did not know if any students from those schools were among the five killed. “We're very worried about the condition of a number of students,” he said in an interview, declining to elaborate further. Five adults died in the fiery crash, including the driver of the bus. The high school students were headed to Humboldt State University for a visit organized by the college.
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April 10, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A South Bay schools superintendent who attracted scrutiny for his $674,559 pay was placed on administrative leave this week, pending an internal investigation. The Centinela Valley Union High School District board voted 5-0 to suspend Supt. Jose Fernandez during an abruptly called, closed-door meeting at the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale on Wednesday evening. Fernandez's earnings last year surpassed the compensation of those leading the nation's largest school systems.
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April 10, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Rong-Gong Lin II
A fiery head-on collision Thursday between a FedEx truck and a charter bus carrying Los Angeles-area high school students killed at least nine people and injured dozens. The crash on the 5 Freeway in Northern California had bus passengers en route to visit Humboldt State University fleeing for their lives. Dramatic images from the scene showed burned-out hulls of several vehicles. LAUSD officials said students from Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown and Manual Arts High School in South L.A. were on the trip to Humboldt, though it was unclear whether they were on the bus that crashed.
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April 9, 2014 | Teresa Watanabe and Stephen Ceasar
Disadvantaged students in L.A. Unified stand to benefit from a multimillion-dollar infusion for more tutoring, counselors, English language coaches, nurses, librarians and other support under a budget plan presented Tuesday. In the opening salvo in a two-month process under the state's new school finance system, L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy presented the district's first detailed blueprint for spending $837 million specifically aimed at boosting services for students who are low-income, learning English and in foster care.
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April 8, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles school district officials and the teachers union have settled a landmark lawsuit over schools that were disproportionately affected by layoffs. Under the agreement, 37 schools will receive more counselors, more administrators and more training for teachers. Principals and mentor teachers also will receive financial incentives to remain at these campuses in predominantly low-income and minority areas. “The youth in greatest peril at these schools will benefit tremendously from the additional administrative and teacher support provided under this program,” said L.A. schools Supt.  John Deasy in a statement.  But what will not change are the rules for laying off teachers when budget cuts or other factors cause a reduction in staff.
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April 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Los Angeles Unified School District will receive $7 million in federal grant funding to expand career programs at three high schools in the fields of healthcare, technology and business and finance, the district announced Monday. L.A. Unified was one of 24 winners selected from 275 applicants nationwide for the Youth CareerConnect grant, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor designed to provide students with industry-related knowledge and skills.
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