LA School Board Member Ref Rodriguez Faces Criminal Charges As UTLA Demands His Recusal From Charter Vote
By Doug Cunningham
United Teachers of Los Angeles are demanding that LAUSD school board member Ref Rodriguez resign and recuse himself from voting to approve or deny charter school petitions Tuesday November 7th.
UTLA says Rodriguez co-founded a charter school network called Partnerships to Uplift Communities and there may be conflicts of interest “involving Rodriguez and $285,000 in payments that he allegedly authorized when he was a senior executive at PUC.”
UTLA cited various conflict of interest and criminal charges including perjury and conspiracy tied to a money laundering scheme as reasons for the demand that Rodriguez resign from the school board.
UTLA says the CEO of Netflix made a $75,000 contribution to Rodriguez’s legal defense fund. Ref Rodriguez faces criminal charges from alleged money laundering in his 2015 school board campaign.