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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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