No Confidence vote for Superintendent of Schools = No Confidence in Educational Change

USC’s Bill Tierney article about the No Confidence vote for Los Angeles’s Superintendent of Schools, John Deasy, last spring.  How can there be change when UTLA and Superintendent are against each other?

“When voting closed17,687 of 33,000 union members—roughly 53%—of UTLA had voted. Of those who had voted, 91% voted no confidence in Superintendent Deasy. UTLA makes up roughly 49% of all public school teachers in Los Angeles County.

Let me put it another way: Assume I was a man of significant wealth and wanted to donate to public education. Why would I put a nickel into a school district that had a vote of this kind for whatever reason? My sense would be to withhold funding until the district put its own house in order—but who can do that if the different parties are unwilling to work with one another?”

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