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Deasy's exit reflects other school battles across the U.S.
Deasy's exit reflects other school battles across the U.S.

John Deasy was one of a group of big-city school leaders to push for radical change: More independent charter schools, using student test scores to help evaluate teachers and relying less on seniority when teachers are laid off. And Deasy's departure as L.A. schools superintendent last week shows how difficult it has been for them to succeed. Top leaders in some of the largest districts — in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Texas and elsewhere — have come under tremendous pressure: some lost their jobs, one faced a massive teachers strike, and lawsuits have been filed against them, among other things. These administrators have been fought by teacher...

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