LOS ANGELES (CBS) — For Los Angeles schools chief John Deasy, it’s been Friday the 13th for his entire first year on the job.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports the LAUSD Superintendent on Friday marked his one-year anniversary after months of turmoil in the school district.

Deasy has dealt with everything from sex abuse scandals involving hundreds of teacher dismissals for misconduct or incompetence to overseeing improvements in English, math proficiency and high school graduations.

Now Deasy — who replaced Ramon Cortines as superintendent last April — wants to focus his efforts on making it easier for school districts to dismiss problem teachers.

But the former Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District superintendent said he expects to face fierce opposition in Sacramento, where he will testify next week in support of the bill.

“California Teachers Association has been pretty clear that they do not support, at the moment, the legislation,” said Deasy.

He remains optimistic that the bipartisan legislation will ultimately pass, which would allow him to begin implementing two other goals for LAUSD schools.

“One is successfully helping people understand why we need to pass the parcel tax, and the constant improvement in instruction so that students continue to do better in school,” Deasy said.


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