Ex-LAUSD chief John Deasy joins Broad leadership academy
John Deasy, former Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent, is joining a training academy funded by philanthropist Eli Broad, Deasy's long-time supporter.
Deasy resigned from LAUSD in October after issues with technology projects and growing tension with the school board. He remained on the district's payroll until the end of December.
In his new position at The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems,
Deasy will serve as a consultant and superintendent-in-residence for the Broad Academy, the center's training and coaching program for urban public education leaders, according to a center news release.
Deasy served for over three years as head of LAUSD, the country's second largest school district. His supporters pointed to achievements in student performance during his tenure and management of the district's budget in lean times. But his detractors criticized his sometimes abrasive style, which alienated key district players, including the teachers union.
"John Deasy's long history of boosting opportunity and achievement for all kids is a testimony to his relentless drive for social justice and fundamental belief in what's possible when school systems are organized around what is best for students," said Christina Heitz, managing director of The Broad Academy.