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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Ex-Md. schools chief to head L.A. schools?

By Washington Post editors

The Los Angeles Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday to appoint John Deasy, the former superintendent of the Prince George's County school system, as the next superintendent of the nation's second-largest school district, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Deasy would replace Ramon C. Cortines, 78, who announced last year that he would retire this spring from the system he has headed since 2008.

Deasy, who was hired to head the Prince George's school system in 2006, resigned from the job in late 2008 to take a job with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major force in grant-giving in the education field. Though his tenure in Prince George's was turbulent, many credited him with improving the school system.

Read more about John Deasy in the Los Angeles Times.

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2011; 10:58 AM ET
Categories:  Education, Maryland  
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It is amazing to me how sophisticated, intelligent and experienced people are so easily duped by a man who has been proven, at best, to be an accessory to fraud. John Deasy was in leagues with former University of Louisville Dean, Robert Felner, who is now serving jail time for stealing millions in grant funds from the university. As superintendent of Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District in California, Deasy hired his pal Felner to conduct "research" and spent over $300,000 of the district's money in the process. Then, after completing only 9 units of study under Felner, Deasy was awarded a doctorate from UofL.

Doesn't anyone care that a man with no moral compass, is now running the 2nd largest public school system in the country? have we all become so desensitized by corrupt politicians that we'll accept a complete lack of ethics on the part of our leaders, so long as they bring in big money through sources like the Gates' Foundation?

What a shame for the kids of LA, who truly deserve better role models. What a shame for us all.

Posted by: Ilovela1 | January 7, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to me how sophisticated, intelligent and experienced people are so easily duped by a man who has been proven, at best, to be an accessory to fraud. John Deasy was in leagues with former University of Louisville Dean, Robert Felner, who is now serving jail time for stealing millions in grant funds from the university. As superintendent of Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District in California, Deasy hired his pal Felner to conduct "research" and spent over $300,000 of the district's money in the process. Then, after completing only 9 units of study under Felner, Deasy was awarded a doctorate from UofL.

Doesn't anyone care that a man with no moral compass, is now running the 2nd largest public school system in the country? have we all become so desensitized by corrupt politicians that we'll accept a complete lack of ethics on the part of our leaders, so long as they bring in big money through sources like the Gates' Foundation?

What a shame for the kids of LA, who truly deserve better role models. What a shame for us all.

Posted by: Ilovela1 | January 7, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

What has Deasy done to go from PG all the way to L.A.? Working for the Gates Foundation? that should be warning enough to L.A.

It is just amazing how these folks fail much more than they succeed, yet they get recycled and recycled, promoted and promoted.

Posted by: simplewords999 | January 7, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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