Los Angeles Unified School District
Having all students gain access to the highest quality, rigorous education is necessary but not sufficient. Not only do ALL students have the fundamental civil right to have access to the best; they also have the same basic right to acquiring the same degree of proficiency in school as the highest achieving student population. I am committed with every fiber and ability of my leadership to this twin civil right for all students. Getting "in" is as important as getting "it."
Pre-Academy Role: Superintendent, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Calif.
Post-Academy Role: Superintendent, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Md.
In April 2011, Dr. John E. Deasy became superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest district in the country with more than 600,000 students in over 700 schools and 65,000 employees. Deasy had been deputy superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District since June of 2010.
Previously, Deasy served as deputy director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he led programmatic work on effective teaching. Before joining the foundation, Deasy was superintendent of Maryland's Prince George’s County Public Schools, where he earned a national reputation for his leadership in significantly narrowing the achievement gap between low‐income and minority students and their peers. During his time in PG County, Deasy also launched a pay‐for-performance plan and developed jointly with labor, making the district a leader nationally in efforts to reward teachers for gains in student achievement.
Prior to joining PGCPS, Deasy served as superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in California and of the Coventry Public Schools in Rhode Island. In all three districts, he championed rigorous and ambitious learning opportunities for youth, fair teacher and administrator evaluations, staff development and training and data‐based decision‐making.
Deasy began his career as a high school teacher and principal.