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LA schools superintendent shakes up district
LA schools superintendent shakes up district with rapid clip of reform, bold decisions
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy was faced with a shocking case of a teacher accused of playing classroom sex games with children.

Deasy's response was another jolt: He removed the school's entire staff from custodians to the principal to smash what he called a "culture of silence."

The controversial decision underscores the superintendent's shake-up of the nation's second largest school district. His bold moves have rankled some and won praise from others during his first year of leadership.

Deasy has become known for 18-hour days that encompass everything from surprise classroom visits and picking up playground litter to lobbying city elite for donations and blasting politicians over funding cuts.

He's also gained a reputation for outspokenness and a style some have criticized as heavy-handed.

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