Something about electing Steve Zimmer as president of the Los Angeles Board of Education president inspires lectures from his fellow trustees.
On Wednesday, just before they unanimously elected him president for a second year, Zimmer’s colleagues on the seven-member body urged him to master brevity — for the sake of their own patience and schedules and, more important, out of respect for the public.
As he had last year, when offered different advice, Zimmer said he would follow the guidance.
The president has no greater authority than the other six elected board members but can assert considerable influence. The president often serves as a public...