We want to applaud the Los Angeles Times editorial board for highlighting the bold leadership of LA Superintendent John Deasy and his tremendous efforts in turning around a district that had dismal graduation rates and whose poorest students were the lowest priority.
While the United Teachers of Los Angeles are longing for the good-old days before Deasy’s tenure, the editorial board reminded readers last week that those days were far from good for students, especially those in poor neighborhoods. “The worst teachers were routinely shuffled off to the poorest schools”, “schools actively discouraged black and Latino students from taking the full series of college-prep courses,” districts “didn’t keep track of its dropout rate,” and “high school students in LA Unified’s lowest-income communities were routinely taught math by teachers who not only weren’t math specialists, but weren’t credentialed teachers.”
The editorial highlights that under Deasy’s leadership, “test scores have been trending up over the last 10 years”, “dropout rates have fallen,” and “more students of color are taking college-prep courses.”
Read the editorial in the LA Times