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 Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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