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LAUSD's Grumpy Old Man Richard Vladovic Could Squelch Reform

For the first time in six years, the politicians on the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education, responsible for educating one in every 10 children in California, have chosen a new president, the inscrutable Richard Vladovic. After two years of dramatic changes in which reformist Superintendent John Deasy ended......

LAUSD Superintendent Fires Lemon Teachers

The day after the L.A. school board election, which some said was about Superintendent John Deasy although he wasn't even on the ballot, he appeared at a UCLA event with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The wiry superintendent didn't mill about — he doesn't really mill, gab or make small talk. He buzzes,......

Firing the Bad Teachers: Ted Olson and LAUSD Parents Sue

Superintendent John Deasy sat in an aisle seat in a Los Angeles courtroom, his left leg crossed over his right, his foot bobbing up and down like a bottle on a stormy sea. The case was Doe v. Deasy. If the stone-faced chief of L.A.'s troubled school system was nervous,......