Earlier this month, Jose Lara, the assistant principal at Dale Junior High School, was recalled from the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education by a whopping 91% of the vote.
Lara is a political lightning rod and strident advocate of radical politics, including making Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement.
The Los Cerritos News has been reporting extensively on Lara and his controversial tenure on the ERUSD Board, including allegations of pay-to-play and mismanagement of school bond construction.
Ironically, Lara had resigned his seat in January of this year in the face of near-certain recall. However, the recall had already qualified and ERUSD voters had their say on Lara and fellow Board member Leanne Ibarra. Lara and Ibarra were part of the three-member majority that had controlled the ERUSD Board. Ibarra was also recalled, by an overwhelming 87% of the vote.
Lara was hired by the Anaheim Union High School District in 2018 to be assistant principal at Dale Junior high School. During Superintendent Michael Matsuda’s tenure, the AUHSD has become a veritable jobs program for progressive politicos. Lara was hired from the LA Unified School District, where he ran an after-school center that encouraged students to view murderous Communists such as Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara as role models.
“Che Guevara did fight against dictatorships, right? And if you’re against dictatorships, then you support somebody like Che Guevara,” Lara told Russia Today.. “
Lara has also stated that any school that does not offer an Ethnic Studies curriculum is guilty of “structural racism.”
In 2009, Lara tweeted out this joke: