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Teacher Received Top Evaluation Before Suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles Unified School District official says a teacher who committed suicide last week had received a very good performance evaluation.

Deputy Superintendent John Deasy said Wednesday that Rigoberto Ruelas Jr. had received the highest ranking possible in his last evaluation in July.

Ruelas' colleagues told union representatives that the 39-year-old felt despondent and pressured over the Los Angeles Times' ranking of him as a "less effective" teacher.

The Times analyzed seven years of test score data and ranked 6,000 elementary teachers on their ability raise scores. The newspaper published the results in August.

Deasy said the Times' analysis was too narrow to measure overall teacher effectiveness.

If you would like to donate to the Rigoberto Ruelas Jr. Burial Fund you can go to any Chase Bank and make a deposit in account #923614325.

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