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"LA is lucky to have him," US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said of John Deasy, newly named superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). As deputy, Deasy has been leading aggressive efforts to factor student performance into teacher evaluation and to alter LAUSD's last-hired, first-fired approach to layoffs. Deasy, who gained national acclaim while running Prince George's County schools and later played a lead role in the Gates Foundation's reform efforts, will take the helm of the nation's second-largest school system on April 15. Join us as Superintendent Deasy discusses his vision for LAUSD and how he plans to boost results while wrestling with a severe budget shortfall.
JOHN DEASY, Los Angeles Unified School District
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Adjournment and Wine and Cheese Reception
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1150 Seventeenth St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
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American Enterprise Institute
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John E. Deasy is the superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified Public Schools (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the country. LAUSD serves eight hundred thousand students in over one thousand school campuses. Previously, Mr. Deasy was the deputy superintendent for LAUSD and deputy director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he lead the national programmatic work on effective teaching. Before joining the foundation, Mr. Deasy served as superintendent of the Prince George’s County, Maryland, Public Schools and earned a national reputation for his leadership in significantly narrowing the achievement gap between low-income and minority students and their peers. He also launched a pay-for-performance plan there that was approved by the Board of Education and developed jointly with labor, making the district a national leader in efforts to reward teachers for gains in student achievement.
Mr. Deasy was also superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in California and the Coventry Public Schools in Rhode Island. In all three districts, he championed rigorous and ambitious learning opportunities for youth, fair teacher and administrator evaluations, pay for performance, staff development and training, and data-based decision making. Mr. Deasy has been an Aspen Fellow, a Broad Fellow, an Annenberg Fellow, a State Superintendent of the Year, a presenter at numerous state and national conferences, and a consultant to school districts undertaking high school reform and district-wide improvement strategies. He has spoken and written extensively on education and serves on numerous boards.
Frederick M. Hess
is a resident scholar and director of education policy studies at AEI. In addition to his Education Week
blog Rick Hess Straight Up
, he is the author of influential books on education including The Same Thing Over and Over
(Harvard University Press, November 2010), Education Unbound
(ASCD, 2010), Common Sense School Reform
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Revolution at the MarginsSpinning Wheels
(Brookings Institution Press, 1998), as well as the coeditor of the new volumes Stretching the School Dollar
(Harvard Education Press, 2010) and Customized Schooling
(Harvard Education Press, 2011). His work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record
, Harvard Education Review
, Social Science Quarterly
, Urban Affairs Review
, American Politics Quarterly
, the Chronicle of Higher Education
, Phi Delta Kappan
, Educational Leadership
, US News & World Report
, the Washington Post
, and National Review
. He serves as executive editor of Education Next
(Brookings Institution Press, 2002), and, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, on the review board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, and on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University.