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Mayoral Candidates Respond Differently to UTLA Vote on Deasy

Hillel Aron | April 16, 2013

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Days after LA teachers handed John Deasy a symbolic vote of no confidence, mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel reaffirmed her support for the divisive Superintendent.

“In the last two years since John Deasy took over the school district, we have seen test scores skyrocket, graduation rates grow and drop out rates shrink,” Greuel said in an emailed statement. “This has been a direct result of Dr. Deasy’s effort and his commitment to putting the needs of our kids before the needs of adults.”

“Despite what this UTLA poll says, I think a large number of our teachers are also happy with the current direction the district is going,” added Greuel.

Today’s LA Daily News editorial page goes even further, congratulating Deasy for a vote showing the union has “no confidence that Deasy would put teacher interests above students.”

Meanwhile, Greuel’s UTLA-endorsed opponent, Eric Garcetti, declined to comment specifically on the vote. His spokesman, Jeff Millman, would say only this, in an email: “Eric supports Deasy and wants the Board to keep him on the job.”

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