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Antonio Villaraigosa Biography

Former Mayor of Los Angeles
NC to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"

“Nearly every new teacher – over 97% – is automatically tenured after two years. Let me ask you this: If the tables were turned and they were giving out ‘A’s’ to nearly every student, wouldn’t an ‘A’ lose its meaning?

Current tenure and evaluation practices aren’t just meaningless for parents and districts, they are equally meaningless for the dedicated teachers seeking to grow and improve…

[O]nce we have a meaningful system in place, we cannot continue to automatically guarantee lifetime employment to all teachers, nor can we make decisions about assignments, transfers and layoffs solely on the basis of seniority. Tenure and seniority must be reformed or we will be left with only one option: eliminating it entirely.”

Speech delivered at the Public Policy Institute of California’s “California’s Future” conference,, Dec. 7, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Mayor of Los Angeles, July 2005-June 2013
  • President of US Conference of Mayors, 2011-2012
  • National Co-Chair of Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign, 2007-2008
  • Recipient, honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Southern California, May 12, 2006
  • Recipient, honorary degree, Loyola Marymount University, May 6, 2006
  • Recipient, Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation Achievement Award, Feb. 2006
  • Councilmember, Los Angeles’ 14th District, July 1, 2003-July 1, 2005
  • Speaker, California State Assembly, Feb. 26, 1998-Apr. 13, 2000
  • Assemblyman, California State Assembly, 1994-2000
  • Member, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Board, 1990-1994
  • Former President, American Federation of Government Employees
  • Former President, Los Angeles chapter, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Former Field Representative, United Teachers Los Angeles
  • Attended People’s College of Law
  • BA, History, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Attended East Los Angeles College
  • Born Antonio Ramón Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953 in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles
  • Oldest of four children raised by a single mother, Natalia Delgado
  • Has three children