Administration

Los Angeles school superintendent steps down after classroom gains, but boardroom clashes

  • FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy listens during a school board meeting in Los Angeles. Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy listens during a school board meeting in Los Angeles. Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2011, file photo, John Deasy speaks during a news conference after an announcement making him the newly-appointed Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent in Los Angeles. Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2011, file photo, John Deasy speaks during a news conference after an announcement making him the newly-appointed Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent in Los Angeles. Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 14, 2012 file photo, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy tours a school in Los Angeles. Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this June 14, 2012 file photo, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy tours a school in Los Angeles. Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

Los Angeles Unified School District officials say Superintendent John Deasy has resigned from the nation's second-largest school system.

The resignation was announced Thursday by Deasy (DAY-zee) and the school board.

Deasy was applauded for improving student performance, but he had been under fire for technology troubles.

Under Deasy, the district had higher test scores, improved attendance and better graduation rates.

But he had a rocky relationship with the school board and was criticized for his brusque leadership style.

The $1 billion plan to give each student an iPad was fraught with problems, and Deasy's communications with vendors were investigated. The district's new computerized scheduling system recently left students languishing in useless classes or without courses needed to graduate.

Deasy's contract was to expire in 2016.