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 Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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