JUST IN: Ref Rodriguez resigns as LAUSD school board president after felony charges
Ref Rodriguez announced Tuesday he has resigned from his position as LA Unified school board president after the district attorney charged him last week with three felonies related to an alleged money laundering scheme in his bid for the school board. Rodriguez posted a statement on his Twitter and Facebook pages at the beginning of a...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | September 19, 2017
Good news on chronic absences and the budget, despite a ‘structural deficit’ — a wrap-up of board action
This Tuesday, the school board will meet in a non-voting session, called the Committee of the Whole. It will be the first meeting of the board since last week’s revelations of felony charges against school board President Ref Rodriguez. That news came just after last Tuesday’s board meeting, the second that Rodriguez presided over as...
By Mike Szymanski | September 18, 2017
LAUSD board President Ref Rodriguez on DACA and his parents’ sacrifices for his education: ‘I’m someone’s dream deferred, so I could have something better’
For this school board president, the end of DACA is personal. Ref Rodriguez’s dad has only a third-grade education, and his mom left school at sixth grade. They were migrant workers in Mexico who came to the United States to offer their children a better future through education. So Tuesday’s announcement that the Trump Administration...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 6, 2017
‘Equity’ and ‘urgency’ beat out ‘respect’ and ‘transparency’ as board chooses core values for LAUSD
“Respect,” “transparency,” and “teamwork” only got one vote each. Oh, and so did “humility.” The seven members of the largest school district in the country with an elected board gathered Tuesday at their first off-site retreat of the year, where they took a deep dive into health benefits but also hashed out core values for LA...
By Mike Szymanski | August 31, 2017
Labor unions not feeling part of ‘One LA Unified’ after being left off school board’s agenda
Labor leaders who work with LA Unified were surprised their regular labor report was not on the agenda at the first board meeting of the new school year. Dropping the “labor partners update” was part of new board President Ref Rodriguez’s “Kid’s First” focus, so he began Tuesday’s meeting with students talking about their schools...
By Mike Szymanski | August 24, 2017
STEM school vote highlights LAUSD divisions as resolution against a state-run school fails
A controversial resolution condemning a legislative proposal to start a STEM school in Los Angeles that would be outside LA Unified’s control failed after a heated debate Tuesday. The first school board meeting of the new year was supposed to display board President Ref Rodriguez’s “Kid’s First” agenda. A new help desk was set up to...
By Mike Szymanski | August 22, 2017