It has been more than two years since LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy was forced to resign in disgrace. Unfortunately, the legacy that he has left for the District’s students echoes into the present day. After spending at least $189 million on the “disastrous” MiSiS computer system, there are still reports of problems with its functionality. His $1.3 billion failed iPad program wasted scarce education dollars as the District faces bankruptcy. The culture of bullying that Deasy propagated may end up costing the District $1 billion and the opportunity for outside lawyers to rack up plenty of billable hours.
The campaign leading to the March LAUSD elections provides an opportunity to look at past actions and provide accountability to the voters. While the California Charter School association denies responsibility, the recent push-poll that sought reaction to the statement that “more than 200 children have been molested and abused under Steve Zimmer’s watch at the school board” sounds like something out of their playbook. If this scandal is fair game, then shouldn’t Monica Garcia answer to the same charges, especially since she was President of the Board for six years? Shouldn’t she also have to explain why she pushed Antonio Villaraigosa’s agenda as she presided over the Board, including promoting John Deasy to The Long Shadow of John Deasy: