September 14, 2017Statement
Above center, School Board President Ref Rodriguez looks on as Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer speaks at the school board meeting on August 22, 2017 about the need for immigration rights protection for all students.
“The criminal charges against Ref Rodriguez are very serious, and we expect him to be held accountable. While we will await more details on the specifics of this case, we as a city are again challenged by the question of how corporate special interests like the California Charter School Association and their billionaire allies have often been allowed to act with impunity, and above the law. Their greed and recklessness is pulling apart our democracy, threatening our civic institutions and creating anxiety about our future.
UTLA and our community allies are concerned about education funding priorities – CA ranks 46th out of 50 in per pupil funding. As the world’s 6th largest economy, California deserves better.
That is why we are deeply involved in the Schools LA Students Deserve campaign, for quality schools and adequate school funding, and to hold all of our elected officials accountable to our students and our communities, not to the 1%.
In the wake of the news of these criminal charges against Ref Rodriguez, we are doubling down on that campaign – our students deserve great schools, and a school board that is focused on them and their needs.”