This is an open letter to my friends and neighbors in Los Angeles. If you have school-aged kids that attend your neighborhood public school or your public charter school, please read this short blog post and then take action to support our Superintendent John Deasy. If you’ve been following the story in the LA Times, you know that there is concern that Deasy may resign shortly or be forced out of his position. The LAUSD School Board is meeting this Tuesday, October 29, 2013 to discuss Deasy’s job performance in a private meeting.
Under Deasy’s leadership, our voices as parents have been heard, student scores have risen, and there is a real sense of urgency about implementing much needed reforms. Despite state budget woes and a polarized political atmosphere, Dr. Deasy has remained focused on what truly matters: improving our children’s education.
“The demands of the job are among the toughest in the nation with cultural, racial, and language challenges; increasingly high academic standards and scarcer resources; demanding unions and communities; and brutal local politics,” wrote Michael Casserly, Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools, in an email to the Huffington Post.
1. Please like the Support Our Superintendent page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/supportoursuperintendent
2. Email your LAUSD School Board Member–now! If you live on the Westside of Los Angeles, you are likely represented by LAUSD School Board Member Steve Zimmer. Please send him an email now, Steve.Zimmer@lausd.net, in support of Superintendent John Deasy. Here’s a template but feel free to use your own wording.
Dear Steve Zimmer,
I strongly support Superintendent John Deasy.
Superintendent Deasy has shown the strength, passion, commitment, independence and caring that our public schools need and our children deserve.
I urge the LAUSD Board to reconfirm their support and trust in John Deasy at your next meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.