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L.A. school board member Monica Ratliff is on a new learning curve
L.A. school board member Monica Ratliff is on a new learning curve

This is not exactly a be-careful-what-you-wish-for story, but it sort of is. Monica Ratliff was a reasonably happy teacher at San Pedro Elementary School on the edge of downtown Los Angeles. "I just love the classroom," said Ratliff, for whom teaching was a second career. The Ivy League-trained lawyer had been working at San Fernando Valley Legal Services in Pacoima but decided a better way to help people escape poverty would be to teach. So she went back to school (UCLA) for a teaching degree and started her new career in 2001. "I love schools, I love the environment, I love what you're doing in there, and I love the kids," Ratliff said. But she...

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