No-Confidence Vote by United Teachers of Los Angeles
Shifting across the country to LA, and speaking of badges of honor:
John Deasy, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent, Tuesday, July 26, 2011.
L.A. schools Superintendent John Deasy should be thrilled about the no-confidence vote by United Teachers Los Angeles last week.
Seriously. It means he's shaking up the moribund Los Angeles Unified School District and bucking the union that has battled every education reform proposed to protect the livelihood of its teachers - a livelihood that has put a stranglehold on education.
UTLA has the right - actually, the obligation - to advocate and agitate for its members. Deasy and other district officials have the obligation to advocate and agitate for students. Sometimes, too often actually, the two interests are at odds.