Los Angeles Unified School District
Don't give Supt. Deasy credit he doesn't deserve

To the editor: Jim Newton commends Supt. John Deasy for the reduction in suspensions over the last two years in the Los Angeles Unified School District, that success being cited as a reason for his retention. ("Deasy's impatience threatens to overshadow LAUSD achievements," Column, Sept. 28) The lower number of suspensions is often referenced in Times reports, but this statistic is not newsworthy. The number has dropped simply because school administrators cannot suspend a student as in the past. Special education students cannot receive lengthy suspensions by law, and the "promised" special behavior counselors on each campus have not materialized. Thus,...