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Did LAUSD's Deasy Take it Easy?

Ramon C. Cortines has just announced that the LAUSD has hired the Gates Foundation's John Deasy to the post of Deputy Superintendent of the District.

Deasy's name appeared in the news in Maryland in 2008 when the question of whether or not he had falsified his resume came up. The prospective falsifications involve a Social Justice program at Loyola Marymount.

Deasy is already under scrutiny for receiving a doctorate from the University of Louisville with only nine credit hours. He was awarded his doctorate two years after giving the research company owned by his adviser, Robert Felner, a three-year, $375,000 contract. Felner is under federal investigation for misappropriation of funds.

Deasy listed a faculty position in the doctoral program of Educational Leadership and Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University, Calif., from 2003 to present. The university's human resources department could not find him listed as a current or former faculty member.

There also was a date discrepancy on the resume he had on file in the Prince George's Schools office of the superintendent.
The Baltimore Sun speculated whether Deasy's move to the Gates Foundation was precipitated by the resume problems.

Last month, the Courier-Journal in Louisville reported that Deasy had been awarded a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Lousville in 2004 although he had only completed nine credits, or about a semester, there. He had completed more than 70 credits at other universities, according to published reports.

Typically, a doctoral candidate would have to be at Louisville for one year and complete twice as many credits while in residence there to get a degree.

Deasy's academic advisor at the university was the dean of education, Robert Felner, who is now under a federal investigation, the paper reported, for his possible misuse of federal funds.