LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Resigns
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Announced the morning of Thursday, October 16, the Los Angeles Unified School District board officially accepted Superintendent John Deasy's resignation from his post in a 6 to 1 vote. The board also voted 7 to 0 to appoint Ramon Cortines (former LAUSD Superintendent from 2009 to 2011) as the interim predecessor, the LA Times reports. In a joint released statement, the school board thanked Deasy for his 3½ years of "devoted service," and both parties announced that Deasy will remain on paid "special assignment" with LAUSD through the end of the 2014 year.
This resignation follows recent LAUSD tech issues, including the highly-publicized iPad rollout and Student Integration System setbacks. Though never outright expressing interest in resigning, Deasy shared in a September LA Times interview, "I have thought about whether I have the ability to do what I need to do effectively. I think about it all the time," admitting that he no longer felt that he and the board were "united on the same mission and in the same way to accomplish this mission as when we started."