LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy May Resign in February

The head of the Los Angeles Unified School District will step down early next year, according to sources with the school district who wished to remain anonymous.

Superintendent John Deasy will resign in February, an LAUSD official said, adding that more information about Deasy's resignation and where the district goes next will be released Friday.

Deasy told NBC4's Toni Guinyard that he has not submitted a resignation letter and he will release more information after Tuesday, when he has a performance review scheduled.

Deasy revamped teacher evaluations to include the use of students' standardized-test scores and altered the seniority system to limit the effect of job cuts at schools with large numbers of less-experienced instructors, who are generally the first to be laid off.

"The future of the district is not about one man," Warren Fletcher, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing the district's teachers, said in a statement titled "It's about time."

"The challenge going forward is to make sure students and schools get the resources they so badly need after five punishing years of recession. UTLA believes new leadership at LAUSD holds the potential to make that happen."

Deasy became superintendent in April 2011, succeeding retiring Superintendent Ramon Cortines. Deasy joined the district in August 2010 as Cortines' chief deputy.

Deasy received a one-year contract extension in October, extending his contract through June 2015, with an annual salary of $330,000, the Los Angeles Times reported in an article.

A source within LAUSD confirmed the contents of that report to NBC4.

Under the terms of Deasy's contract, the extension was automatic provided that he received a positive evaluation by the end of October. The school board and Deasy retained the right to terminate his employment at any time with 30 days' notice.

A second source told NBC4 Deasy has not yet submitted his letter of resignation, and more information will be revealed after the superintendent meets with the board for a performance evaluation next Tuesday.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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