Garcia Lends Support to Parent Group Supporting Deasy
Hillel Aron | September 17, 2013
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If there were ever any doubt where LA Unified board member Monica Garcia stands with regard to Superintendent John Deasy, it’s gone now.
A group called Parent Partnership for Public Education has renewed its call to support Deasy — with a big boost from Garcia’s email list.
In a message sent on Monday, the group asked its recipients to lobby the board to approve the $113 million Common Core budget, an item on today’s meeting agenda that Deasy strongly supports.
“Late last week, a key member of Superintendent Deasy’s team submitted his resignation and Deasy canceled a public appearance in the wake of a perplexing and concerning board meeting on September 10 that lasted over 8 hours,” the message said, referring to Jaime Aquino. Aquino had cited the Board’s delay of the budget’s approval as a reason for his resignation.
Garcia made no secret of her allegiance.
“I’m helping spread the word,” she told LA School Report. “I want the greater Los Angeles area to understand how one group is choosing to organize.”
Parent Partnership for Public Education was started in 2010 (according to its Facebook page) by two parents, Amy Baker and Rene Rodman. Earlier this year, the group circulated a petition in support of Deasy, in part, as a response to the teachers union’s frequent criticism of him. According to the group’s website, they gathered “nearly” 1,400 signatures. The site now says they are relaunching that petition drive.
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