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Deasy to Vladovic (in effect): I See Your 7 and Raise You 7

Hillel Aron | August 27, 2013

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John Deasy speaks at the LAUSD headquarters boardroom Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

John Deasy speaks at the LAUSD headquarters boardroom Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

Just days after Richard Vladovic proposed seven new committees at his first school Board meeting as president, Superintendent John Deasy suggested, in a memo to Vladovic the creation of even more committees.

Another seven, in fact, covering: Arts, Human Resources and Personnel, School Safety and Discipline, Government Relations and Legislative Affairs, Charter and Prop 39 Oversight, Magnet and Autonomous School Expansion and Oversight, and a committee on Ethics.

“We received lots of outreach in the last year in those topics,” Deasy said. When asked if all these new committees wouldn’t be a strain on district staff, he replied: “Yes. But that’s the work that we’re doing.”

Vladovic began his presidency creating committees on subjects as varied as technology and the budget. He said the goal was, in part, to make the Board more responsive and transparent to the general public.

Vladovic did not return calls requesting comment on Deasy’s memo.

There is a chance that the proliferation of so many committee meetings could shorten the regular Board meetings, which occur about once a month. Some Board meetings have as many 20 charter school approvals, most of which are routine but nevertheless are open to public comment. In the past, that section of the meeting was done largely by a charter committee.

Tomorrow, meanwhile, marks the start of the first meeting for the newly created Common Core Technology Project Ad Hoc Committee, chaired by Board Member Monica Ratliff.

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