Los Angeles Board of Education

The L.A. Unified school board has a problem on charters: Ref Rodriguez

The L.A. Unified school board has a problem on charters: Ref Rodriguez

Aside from a “not guilty” plea to criminal charges of laundering campaign money, L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez hasn’t been saying much of anything lately. No response to the allegation that he tried to make $25,000 or so of his own expenditures on his school-board campaign look like they were funded by others. No confirmation or denial of accusations by Partnership to Uplift Communities, the charter-school group he co-founded, and from whose coffers he allegedly transferred $285,000 to separate nonprofits that he controlled without showing how that shift benefited students at Partnership schools.

But silence isn’t cutting it. Rodriguez’s legal woes already are affecting how...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World