September 20, 2017

Educators for Excellence-Los Angeles Reacts to L.A. School Board President's Resignation 

September 20, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) — Educators for Excellence-Los Angeles (E4E-Los Angeles), a teacher-led organization, reacted to Los Angeles School Board President Ref Rodriguez’s decision to step down as board president after being charged with multiple felonies relating to the funding of his 2015 school board campaign.

“This is an unfortunate day for our district,” said E4E-Los Angeles member Dr. Lauren Walters, first-grade teacher at New Open World Academy, “but I am relieved to hear that President Rodriguez has stepped down as board president, which will allow us to move forward as a district with a singular focus on what is most important for students. L.A. kids need and deserve leaders who can devote their full attention to students’ academic and social-emotional growth.”

“E4E-Los Angeles was surprised to learn about the felony investigation facing our former school board president, Dr. Ref Rodriguez,” said Ama Nyamekye, Executive Director of E4E-Los Angeles. “We believe Dr. Rodriguez’s decision to resign as board president is very appropriate and will enable the board to remain focused on the large and critical task of bringing greater stability, equity and opportunity to the students served by the nation’s second largest school district.

“LAUSD’s board must now elect a new president to sit at the helm of our school board. This decision is incredibly important. E4E urges a spirit of cooperation and swift action to elect a leader who can execute an ambitious agenda focused on educational excellence, equitable funding and fiscal stability. The goal of our new president must be to ensure that schools across our city are supporting students’ academic and social-emotional growth, so that every child in L.A. can reach their full and amazing potential.

“The best way to honor our students is for the school board to model what a responsible transition of leadership looks like, one that is guided by a compass pointing toward equity, opportunity and greater stability for our students, who are watching and learning from our example.”