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Although the family lacked many material comforts, Mrs.Villar instilled in all her children a respect for education and hard work, and a keen sense of justice and social responsibility.
Villaraigosa, who had been a popular speaker of the California Assembly in the late 1990s, didn't give up. If the school board wasn't going to support him, then he'd change the school board.But that new score, 612, is still way below the state average of 788.And that’s really not a great outcome for Villaraigosa's effort, said UCLA education professor John Rogers.He said Villaraigosa’s education legacy is a story about a mayor who wanted to duplicate reforms in New York and Chicago, “who in doing that found that he had real limitations because of the political dynamics of Los Angeles and so took on a smaller chunk,” he said.“And (he) found that even in taking on this smaller issue he wasn’t able to fully realize the goals he had." A lesson for L. Unified school board president Monica Garcia, who just won a third term with Villaraigosa’s political help, disagrees.By his own account, suppressed anger from his father’s abusive behavior contributed to his violent temper, and the teenage Antonio increasingly responded to frustration and difficult situations by lashing out violently.
Expelled from Cathedral High School, he transferred to a public high school but quickly dropped out again when he was assigned to vocational classes rather than the college preparatory courses he had taken at Cathedral.
KPCC's education team — Annie Gilbertson, Deepa Fernandes, Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and Mary Plummer — covers education. As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prepares to step down in June, among the achievements he takes credit for during his eight years in office is improving one institution that the law gives him no authority over: the public schools.
These stories are part of a developing, ongoing conversation that is continually updated. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and Meg Whitman, right, help third grade elementary math class students: David Ozorio, middle, and Cecil Pascal, right, at the 99th St. Yet if any one policy area shows where his ambition outstripped his performance, it would be in his oversight of the city's troubled schools.
As mayor, Villaraigosa aggressively promoted tourism while vigorously defending the region’s environment and quality of life.
(Corbis)The man who would become the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles was born Antonio Ramon Villar, Jr.
With Katz’s encouragement and support, he took extra classes in the evenings and graduated on schedule.