The supposed operating premise of Superintendent John Deasy and his predecessors at LAUSD that has been accepted without question by the mainstream media has been that they want the best possible public education for all students. What the reality of LAUSD continues to tell us is that Nothing could be further from the truth.
The shameful state of public education in general, and minority filled inner-city schools in particular, is that no good faith attempt has been made over the last 58 years - since Brown vs. Board of Education - to address these inherently "separate and unequal" public schools that are clearly and by any reasonable measure, worse off today - and even more segregated - then they were in 1954.
Whether it is the purposeful or negligent failure of our leaders to address this long festering and potentially mortal wound to our democracy, the reality in 2012 is that failed public education is more responsible than any other factor for the increasing polarization of American society between rich and poor, haves and have nots. Like the great societies that have preceded us, this continuing present failure to address this inequity in the face of what we say we stand for as a people, if it remains unaddressed, will lead in the not so distant future to the disappearance of "one nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all."