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Friday, October 03, 2014

LA Times will support John Deasy so long as their customers are corporate advertisers, rather than LAUSD schoolchildren

I was interested in the fact that the scandal over Deasy's PhD hit the headlines at the same time he was hired by Gates. His financial connections with Robert Felner date back to his Santa Monica days — Susan Ohanian

Plutocratic priest of privatization LAUSD Superintendent John DeasyReaching dizzying heights of comedic apologetics for beleaguered Broad Superintendent Academy graduate John Deasy, the Los Angeles Times has penned daily editorials and articles pleading the public to pressure our elected school board into laying down and ignoring Deasy's latest batch of failures. Like any first year law student I've been very busy. Too busy to respond to all of their wrongheaded propaganda, but today's editorial forced me to divert my attentions. I responded thusly:

Another breathtakingly mendacious editorial by the stenographers of plutocracy—also known as the Los Angeles Times. Ignoring the vicious attacks on our elected school board members, and the poisonous vitriol towards our working class teachers this ham-fisted screed metes out, let's look at some of the lies of omission regarding the individual who was ignominiously run out of both Prince George's County and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Districts.

Putting aside Deasy's relationship to convicted felon Robert Felner, and the concerns regarding the irregularities of Deasy's academic credentials, here is a "greatest hits" list of Deasy's tenure at LAUSD.

  • Implemented costly and academically discredited DIBELS®, a product of a company called the Dynamic Measurement Group, which is neither State nor Federally mandated.
  • Squandered an additional $18 million on SAP consultants to fix issues that happened under his predecessors, rather than demand contract performance from original deal.
  • Spent countless millions implementing his widely discredited VAM/AGT scam, a pseudoscience that recently saw even the American Statistical Association release a scathing report about.
  • Deasy's callous and improper handling of the Miramonte scandal.
  • The MiSiS disaster, which any competent administrator would have avoided. Even the somewhat conservative AALA severely criticized Deasy's many missteps on this.
  • The unethical, improper, and possibly illegal handling of the Pearson plc and Apple Inc. contracts. The details of which could result in indictments.

Any one of these would have ousted a Superintendent, but because Deasy has Eli Broad immunity, He has been able to avoid termination, and perhaps even criminal prosecution. It's time for this reign of incompetence to end.

Dr. Cynthia Liu, of K12NN fame, had some additional Deasy "hits" that I failed to list. They are reproduced here.

Two things from K12NN if you're writing to the LA Times to urge that Deasy resign:

Examples of gross incompetence by Deasy: 4th largest CA school district Fresno USD conducted an external FCMAT tech review of their district's needs before embarking on any new purchases or upgrades. Second largest CA school district, San Diego USD, did its own year-long tech review and spoke to teachers, parents, students, IT support staff, other school staff, and administrators about the technology strategic plan, then used a specific tech bond to fund the rollout.

The Los Angeles Times keeps insisting their obsequious support for Deasy is based on "his sense of urgency". There's a word for urgency without intelligence, reasonableness, or forethought — that word is recklessness. The last thing our school district needs is an individual whose recklessness remains unabated and unchecked. Deasy needs to resign. Now.

Plutocratic priest of privatization LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy


  1. LAUSD will need an exorcism when Deasy leaves http://www.examiner.com/article/lausd-will-need-an-exorcism-when-deasy-leaves?cid=db_articles

  2. Anonymous3:16 AM

    Another scumbag in a long line of scumbags in LA Unified where incompetence really pays

  3. Professor Ravitch has some additional, salient commentary here http://dianeravitch.net/2014/10/03/robert-skeels-on-the-l-a-times-mad-crush-on-john-deasy/

    The ruling class has pulled out all the stops to save their Broad and Gates trained operative. In addition to non-stop braying by the LA Times and Daily News, there's also Jonathan Alter's sister, Jamie, who runs Deasy's blog (aka LA School Report), the Nonprofit Industrial Complex (NPIC), and all the other resources the plutocracy have at their disposal trying mightily to keep their neoliberal business executive steering the LAUSD ship.

  4. LOVE the one weird trick spoof!

  5. Seeing John Deasy slink out of office is priceless. The ad really captures the magic of "The Deasy Years". Please send me your mystery secret. I want to learn how to spend a billion dollars of construction bond money and am clueless how to start.