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Deasy Brings Back Tainted Legacy
January 11, 2010,
As superintendent here Deasy got rid of reform-oriented upper level staff
and hired Tim Walker, giving Walker absolute authority over special education
students with no checks and balances. Walker replaced the Individual Education
Plans (IEPs) of special education students with gagged settlement agreements
at a furious rate. District records indicate that before Deasy left for
the East Coast, Tim Walker had created more than 160 gagged settlement
agreements, which came to be known as "secret deals."
The independent audit that brought an end to the secret deals also brought
parents out of the shadows, making the observation that "Many parents
reported feeling physically ill because they felt forced to sign a document
that they did not agree with but had to sign to get their children services."
(An Independent Evaluation of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Special Education Program by Lou Barber and Associates).
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