Villaraigosa and Deasy
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy, right, appears with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a downtown news conference on school safety. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times / April 11, 2013)
A coalition of groups, including the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, has launched an effort to put education at the center of the mayoral race and civic attention.
But they aren't calling for sweeping changes in the L.A. Unified School District. Instead, they said, the goal is to stay the course behind the leadership of L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy.
"We have a long way to go to in ensuring there is equity and access for all students, but there are some signs we're headed in the right direction” under Deasy's leadership, said Ryan Smith, director of education programs and policy for the United Way.
Other groups in the coalition include: Alliance for a Better Community, Community Coalition, Families in Schools, InnerCity Struggle and the L.A. Urban League.
The Thursday announcement of this civic alignment comes as the teachers union is tallying votes on