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Friday, December 06, 2013

Distinguish Educator and LAUSD School Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte passes on at the Age of 80

Longtime Los Angeles Distinguish Educator and LAUSD School Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte passes away at 80.
Late School Board Member LaMotte leaves behind a legacy of Educational Achievement during her teaching and administrated career at LAUSD.
Late School Board Member LaMotte was a constituent critic of fellow LAUSD School Board Member Monica Garcia's favorite (and dubious) Charter School Academia Semillas del Pueblo. 
An Education Stalwart, who facilitated education improvements at most of her various career assignments and later became steadfast defender of teacher rights as a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education, has passed away at 80 years of age.
LAUSD School Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte died while attending an Education Conference in San Diego with School Board President Richard Vladovic and District Superintendent John Deasy. 
As a member of the Board of Education, LaMotte was a staunch UTLA supporter, who stood up against (and outlasted) numerous variations of supposed education reforms and the growth of charter schools within the sprawling district.
One of her constant combatant on the board was Eli Broad/ Mayor Antonio Villar Education Machine Mouthpiece Monica Garcia, who reigned until last June as the School Board President.
LaMotte was a constitant no vote (going back to 2007) against the Charter Renewal for the troubled Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School which was whole-heartily supported by Board President Garcia.
An unidentified critic of the Charter School upon learning of the death of LaMotte, recounted their numerous, insightful conversations about concerns involving educational, fiscal and ethical actions at the controversial charter school which resulted in the action by the School Board in June to revoke the High School Campus Charter.
According to her on line bio provided by LAUSD officials, LaMotte was first assigned to Drew Junior High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), LaMotte’s determined efforts spurring underachieving students to scholastic excellence earned her a rapid succession of promotions. From Drew, LaMotte went to Edison Junior High to become Head Counselor, then to Francis Polytechnic High School, where she was Assistant Principal and, in 1984, to Horace Mann Junior High as Principal, where she also gained a sterling reputation for triggering scholastic improvement on each level.

In addition to her accomplishments in improving student performance, she was featured on NBC Nightly News, and other national and local news television programs which focused on the extraordinary scholastic performance and student behavior under her leadership at various secondary schools in Los Angeles.

Your thoughts .............. and prayers to the LaMotte Family.
Scott Johnson in CD 14  

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