Antonio Villaraigosa

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Former Mayor, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Antonio Villaraigosa is the former Mayor of Los Angeles and the former Speaker of the California Assembly, who began his career as a local labor leader with the United Teachers Los Angeles. He has extensive experience in state and local government, business, education, organized labor and the nonprofit sector. Mr. Villaraigosa holds a B.A. in History from UCLA and a J.D. from the Peoples College of Law.

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Posted Aug. 5, 2015
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To Protect Children at Risk, Washington Must Play a Role

The history of federal involvement in K-12 education essentially boils down to one core mission: protecting children at risk. If…

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Posted Feb. 11, 2015
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The Belief Gap: When People Stop Believing that Our Kids Can Learn, Succeed, Achieve

The following is an excerpt of prepared remarks by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the LULAC National Legislative…

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Posted Sep. 1, 2014
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Speak Up, Don’t Give Up

I was that kid the system almost gave up on. I didn’t believe in myself. I was angry. I got…

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

Frustrated by decades of unfair funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), five families and CPS sued the state for racial discrimination. According to the suit,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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Just Listen to How People Talk About Their Favorite Teacher and You’ll See Why I #LoveTeaching

The following is an excerpt from Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. The book…

By Tom Rademacher

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