Antonio Villaraigosa

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

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

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

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 May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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