Dr. Ref Rodriguez

Co-Founder, Partnerships to Uplift Communities and PUC National

Los Angeles, California

Dr. Ref Rodriguez is a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, representing the communities in Northeast and Southeast Los Angeles. He co-founded the Partnerships Uplifting Communities (PUC Schools), a charter management organization serving communities in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, Northeast Los Angeles, and Northeast Rochester, New York. Dr. Rodriguez is a lecturer in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University and was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Posted Jan. 21, 2016

Ref Rodriguez: Reimagining Middle School in Los Angeles and Beyond

Middle school can make it or break it for a student. Close to 200,000 students in Los Angeles Unified School…

By Dr. Ref Rodriguez

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Posted Oct. 12, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Time to Believe, A Time to End the Belief Gap

“Honoring Our Heritage, Building Our Future” is the theme of Hispanic Heritage Month this year. To me, it’s far more…

By Dr. Ref Rodriguez

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Posted Sep. 29, 2015

VIDEO: Bringing Our Students Back to the Classroom

In this video I join with a former student and now teacher at Los Angeles’ PUC Charter School (of which I am…

By Dr. Ref Rodriguez

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Posted July 24, 2015

Putting the ‘Unified’ Back into LA Unified School District

Although I am the fourth of five children, I am named after my father—mi papá. My name translates as “place…

By Dr. Ref Rodriguez

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

Black Families Haven’t Been Hoodwinked, We Come From a Legacy of School Choice

The Democratic party once embraced charter schools as a tool for equity and opportunity. Now, as Andre Perry points out in his recent op-ed, “Support…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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