Superintendent Deasy Speaks on Vergara vs. California, March 31st at USC

John Deasy

John Deasy

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy will offer his thoughts on the controversial Vergara vs. the state of California lawsuit during a public lecture and panel discussion at USC on Monday, March 31st from 4 to 6 pm.

“Rights, Writs and Rulings: Where does a student go for redress?” will feature Deasy’s lecture followed by a panel of USC faculty including Julie Marsh from the Rossier School of Education and Susan Estrich from the Gould School of Law.  A question and answer session with Deasy and the panelists will conclude the afternoon.

Backed by an advocacy group called Students Matter, nine California public school children filed the statewide lawsuit in May 2012 to strike down the laws impacting teacher tenure and teacher seniority.  The trial began in January;  Superintendent Deasy was one of the first witnesses called by the plaintiffs.  The plaintiffs are suing to remove key teacher employment statutes: the Permanent Employment Statute, in which administrators either grant or deny permanent employment to teachers after 18 months; the Dismissal Statutes, which involve multiple steps; and the so-called “Last-In, First-Out” Layoff Statute. In May 2013, the state’s two largest teachers’ unions, the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers, intervened in the case to defend these statutes alongside the State.  The trial is expected to last through the month of March.

“Right, Writs and Rulings: Where does a student go for redress?”

A presentation by LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on Vergara vs. California, a case that could significantly impact teachers and students in California.

Hosted by USC Rossier School of Education and Dean Karen Symms Gallagher

Following his talk, the Superintendent will join a USC panel for discussion and Q&A.

Additional panelists:

Susan Estrich
Robert Kingsley Professor of Law And Political Science
USC Gould School of Law

Julie Marsh
Associate Professor, K-12 Education Policy
USC Rossier School of Education

Moderated by Katharine O. Strunk
Associate Professor of Education & Policy at the USC Rossier School of Education and Price School of Public Policy

USC Davidson Conference Center
Embassy Room
3415 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089
($10 parking available at Parking Structure D)

Monday, March 31, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reply by March 26 – Limited Space

For inquiries contact the Rossier Event Office at or 213.740.9559.