- Posted August 29, 2014 by
Porter Ranch, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Fire Superintendent John Deasy
Even as the problems with MiSiS continued, the district was rocked by a new scandal involving the $1 billion purchase of iPads using construction bond money. Publicly, Superintendent John Deasy said that he was recusing himself from negotiations for this purchase to avoid a conflict of interest since he owned stock in Apple. However, recently released emails show that he was actively involved in behind-the-scenes negotiations and that these negotiations had started before the the bid had been publically released. Moreover, the companies involved were included in internal district e-mails where the pros and cons of the program were discussed.
As the person in charge, the Superintendent needs to be held responsible for both of these scandals. He has presided over a system of institutionalized bullying where the district has taken actions to silence teachers, parents, bond oversight committee members and even a member of the school board for daring to criticize the Superintendent’s policies. This has created a culture of fear where people are afraid to step up and warn the district that actions that are being taken will end up negatively affecting the students of the district, other stakeholders and the taxpayers. To put an end to this fear, the person causing it must be removed.
The petition calling on the LAUSD Board of Education can be found at https://www.change.org/p/the-lausd-board-of-education-fire-superintendent-john-deasy