LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The union representing teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District overwhelmingly voted to express a lack of confidence in the leadership of Superintendent John Deasy.
According to the United Teachers Los Angeles, 91 percent of its members who cast ballots said they had no confidence in Deasy.
Deasy told the Los Angeles Times the vote was “nonsense,” even before the results of the week-long vote were released.
UTLA President Warren Fletcher countered by saying, “No one can ignore data like this.”
“It is our duty to bring these results to the school board and figure out how we can make LAUSD a district that works for students, parents, teachers and health and human services professionals, and our communities,” Fletcher said.
In the confidence vote, Deasy got a “Yes” from 1,647 members. Deasy received a “No” from 16,040 members.
A second issue on the ballot asked whether the union should fight for an “Initiative for the Schools LA Students Deserve” — smaller class sizes, full school staffing, restored funding for adult and early childhood education, safer and cleaner schools, a limit on student testing. The vote was “Yes” 13,242 and “No” 3,905 or 77% in favor and 23% opposed.