Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gates' Man in LA

LA Times:

In John Deasy, the Los Angeles Board of Education selected a new superintendent who is seemingly a man of contradictions.

He was raised in a strong union household yet challenges work rules fiercely defended by unions. He supports making it easier to dismiss teachers but also insists that a school system cannot fire its way to success.

He's going to be accused of being a tool of the Gates Foundation, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — he has associations with them all — but his career also encompasses a quirky independent streak.

That's one way to spin it. Deasy's career path is unusual, but mostly because he went from being superintendent of a rural/suburban district in Rhode Island where he brought in $2,967,640 in Gates money in 2000, to superintendent of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in 2001. That's not a typical career path.

And when things got hot for Deasy in Prince George's County, Gates gave him a nice safe exit path and time to rehabilitate his image.

If Deasy isn't a made man to Gates, who is?


matthewboh said...

Isn't that the guy who got a Phd from his buddy in only 4 months? Then his buddy - think his name is Felner - who was later convicted of fraud? Deasy's stay in Maryland was less than stellar.

Tom Hoffman said...