L.A. schools chief Deasy offers to resign in proposed settlement

Supporters rally at L.A. Unified headquarters in favor of Supt. John Deasy.
Supporters rally at L.A. Unified headquarters in favor of Supt. John Deasy.
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Los Angeles schools chief John Deasy has offered to resign in February, according to a proposed settlement obtained by The Times and other media outlets Tuesday.

Under the proposed agreement, which was presented last Friday to Board of Education President Richard Vladovic, Deasy would resign Feb. 1, 2014. He would then continue to be available as a consultant through June 30, 2015. That arrangement would have allowed Deasy to receive his $330,000 annual salary for the balance of his contract.

According to a high-level district source, Deasy worked out the details of the contract with general counsel David Holmquist before presenting it to Vladovic during a lunchtime meeting in San Pedro, near the board president’s home.


The document states that Deasy’s resignation is “solely for personal reasons and should not in any way be construed or understood as any admission of wrongdoing.”

There is some doubt whether this settlement offer is still in force. The full school board was reviewing it for the first time Tuesday afternoon in closed session as members decide Deasy’s fate after an hourlong public comment session.

A morning rally in support of the superintendent was held earlier Tuesday, attended by scores of community activists, parents, teachers and students.


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