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Incoming L.A. schools chief did not lie about teaching at Loyola Marymount, dean confirms [Updated]

January 13, 2011 |  9:25 am

Contrary to reports circulating on the Internet, incoming L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy did not lie about teaching courses at Loyola Marymount University, a top college official told the Los Angeles Times.

Deasy was a part-time faculty member in the doctorate program when he also served full time as the superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, said Shane Martin, dean of the School of Education at Loyola. 

“John was a very successful professor,” Martin said.

The allegation apparently originated with a call to confirm Deasy’s employment, and the caller was told incorrectly there was no record of him having worked there. From there, the allegation went viral.

Martin did not dispute what the caller was told. The school has been changing its recordkeeping system, and complete employment records were not available to everyone who might have performed such a check, he said.

Loyola has one of the region’s leading education and teacher training programs.

Other Deasy critics have noted his résumé once listed the wrong year he received his master’s degree, citing 1987 instead of 1989. The current version has been corrected.

Deasy’s career has come under intense scrutiny for two reasons: He is associated with some controversial reform ideask and his former academic mentor was convicted of defrauding universities and tax evasion -- charges that have nothing to do with Deasy.

Separately, the disgraced academic Robert Felner granted Deasy an unusual waiver that allowed him to finish his doctorate coursework in one semester by transferring credits earned elsewhere. The University of Louisville in Kentucky later investigated and reaffirmed the validity of Deasy’s doctorate.

While completing his doctorate, Deasy recommended a center run by Felner for a $375,000 contract with Santa Monica-Malibu. No issues have arisen with the work performed, but Felner later was accused of defrauding his own center by not turning over money earned through such work.

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-- Howard Blume

[For the record, 11:12 a.m.: An earlier version of this post version incorrectly stated Loyola is in Del Rey. The campus is in Westchester.]

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