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Deasy's exit leaves unfinished work at LAUSD
Deasy's exit leaves unfinished work at LAUSD

Los Angeles school officials knew what they were getting when they hired John Deasy in 2010. He'd led national efforts to hold teachers accountable for student performance. He was brash, impatient and high-minded. He had the ear of billionaire Bill Gates, the backing of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and access to local philanthropists looking for projects to fund. Deasy promised that in five years, he'd make Los Angeles a showcase for school reform. But he didn't stick it out that long. Because the world around him shifted and he could not — or would not — adapt: The city's hard-charging "education mayor," Antonio Villaraigosa, has...