“Our children deserve orange juice not orange drink.” That comment by John E. Deasy, Ph.D., superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, made Wednesday during his first official address to district principals, teachers and other leaders drew applause and was designed to set the tone for what he expects will be year of fast-track growth and improvement.

Touching on subjects such as the over suspension of African American middle schoolers and the slowness of mainstreaming of English language learners, Deasy pledged to provide officials with the resources they need to turn around students’ academic achievements. And he stressed that the model (traditional, charter, hybrid, pilot) used to do this does not matter; but results do.