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Updated February 22, 2017
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Los Angeles USD Superintendent John Deasy
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  • No benefits after certain hours (in 15 reviews)

  • Have not gotten full-time due to budget cuts (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "My opinion about being a teacher in LAUSD"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to teach that cared about employees and children in my opinion
    The union is becoming powerless in my opinion

    Cons

    My opinion:
    Teachers are scapegoats, are given little respect for their expertise, wishes are ignored.
    Parents have no accountability for their children.
    Parents come on school campus at will, roam from class to class, teachers trying to teach their classes continually have to put on a show for parents and numerous daily visitors from administrators and their personal friends.
    Administrators show favoritism to a select few employees, "spies"
    Supplies are very limited and much needs to be purchased by the individual teachers with no reimbursement whatsoever.
    Raises are completely unheard of, as the district does not value employees.
    Prepare to have no home life as you will work 7 days a week, evenings and weekends. (for free)

    Advice to Management

    Let the teachers teach
    Show some appreciation once in a while
    I have no other advice for managment that can be printed here.


  2. "Needs to review policy on how people are promoted."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off for vacation. The children are wonderful.

    Cons

    Below standard in salaries and hiring.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "STAY AWAY if you can"

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated, hard-working teachers and great colleagues.

    Good role models (some) to look up to as a new teacher.

    Cons

    Incompetent, unsupportive, constantly overturning administration
    Unruly students - have to fight to teach

    Every experience is different, since every school is different, but my experience was less than stellar. Makes me question if I will ever teach in the United States again - right now I am on an international assignment in El Salvador.

    Advice to Management

    Your incompetency, irresponsibility, and lack of how to create a supportive or enjoyable work environment will never cease to amaze me. Try investing in people, supporting new teachers, and recruiting volunteers for all the things you are either too busy or too lazy to do.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "As a teacher, I was not respected or treated as a professional."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some really great and dedicated people are there.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, those that are dedicated and treat teachers with respect, are leaving because of upper management at LAUSD.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of John Deasy.


  6. "Don't bother working for these people!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    students are great to work with!

    Cons

    When you work for certain programs, the supervisors are all friends and will blackball you if you stand up for your students or parents.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "23 years of dedication resulted in an illegal forced retirement"

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can make a difference in a child's life here, and good people are desperately needed. Think of it as the Peace Corps without leaving the country.

    Cons

    The upper management is corrupt and nobody who is honest is secure. They will work you as hard as you let them and they will get rid of you as soon as they can when you reach the top of the pay scale. You have to keep your head down and your mouth shut to survive. The union is completely useless.

    Advice to Management

    Veteran educators have great value in the classroom and should be cherished. Also, if you want to make money without earning it honestly, go into another field and stop ruining children's lives.


  8. "just about as secure as the titanic"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    helping families and kids is a good cause

    Cons

    19th century systems and 17th century understanding of learning

    Advice to Management

    please know the difference between hiring for loyalty to management vs. loyalty to the mission


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not Really into educating Children"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good and you get paid.

    Cons

    Low pay, Very very bureaucratic and political. Children come last in their thinking. They are always into changing things without finishing what they start, never mind how it affects the kids.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a plan more than a year.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Scary place to work."

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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Advocating for children, our future leaders.

    Cons

    Dishonest, abusive and cruel place to work.

    Advice to Management

    What goes on in the dark must come to light.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Unrewarding"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles USD part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Kids for the most part are great!

    Cons

    Top heavy with do nothing administrators. Money wasted on programs that do not get results, teaching to the test, i.e., "they knew everything, but understood nothing." Teach people how to think, not memorize facts. Old boy network that is schlerotic, slow movomg cumbersome... bright, innovative, creative, people are punished.

    Advice to Management

    Establish oversight by qualified civilian personal with no financial, or business ties to Board Of Education. Establish trade school programs. Tailor education to kids's aptitudes and talents. Establish psychological, and business programs beginning with middle school.



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