Howard Blume of The Los Angeles Times has done a remarkable job of reporting about Superintendent John Deasy’s huge problems in managing the school system, the most monumental of them being his decision to borrow from a construction bond issue to buy Apple iPads loaded with Pearson content for every student and staff member at a purported cost of $1.3 billion. Bad enough that he was raiding the bond issue funds for this project, but emails surfaced revealing that Deasy and his assistant Jaime Aquino (a former employee of Pearson) had discussions with both Apple and Pearson about the project before the bidding began. Along the way, we learned that Apple was charging above the market price for the iPads; the price dropped when this came out. The problems associated with this fiasco were unending.

Yet the Los Angeles Times editorial board apparently missed Blume’s excellent reporting. Today they published an editorial admonishing the school board for micromanaging Deasy. Really. The school board is elected by the public. Deasy works for the school board. The school board does not work for Deasy.

One has the uncomfortable feeling that billionaire Eli Broad is pulling the strings. After all, as the public reacted with outrage to the iPad fiasco, Broad hurried to Deasy’s defense. In Eli’s eyes, Deasy can do no wrong.

But he did do wrong, and the LAUSD elected school board should hold him accountable. Accountability begins at the top, not the bottom.