Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has nominated of Alex Johnson to the Los Angeles County Board of Education, the seven-member board that governs the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
The Board of Supervisors appoints the members of the board, which exercises overall policy oversight and budget approval, hears appeals on student expulsions and inter-district attendance decisions, and authorizes charter schools. The board also governs the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, International Polytechnic High School and Juvenile Court Schools.
Johnson, a recent candidate for the District 1 seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, formerly served as a deputy for education and public safety to Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said, “Alex has successfully worked to deliver mobile health clinics, quality preschool education and literacy programming in county probation camps. He is dedicated to expanding early childhood education and preparing our county’s youngest learners for kindergarten.”
Johnson plans to work cooperatively with state and federal education officials to fund and implement innovative programs that support teachers paying special attention to reducing school dropout rates and preparing students for college admission or training for an occupational career.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said, “I could not be more pleased with his nomination and I look forward watching him at work on the board.”
Johnson is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate at American University in Washington D.C. Mr. Johnson previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in The Bronx, New York.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve on the Los Angeles County Board of Education,” said Johnson. “I appreciate Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ support and encouragement. I am eager to begin working on issues that matter to Los Angeles school children including increasing our efforts with educating youth in probation camps and advocating for strong early childhood education.”
Johnson will replace Rudell S. Freer whose tenure on the seven-member Board of Education ends in September.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said, “I want to thank Rudell Freer for her service on the LACOE Board of Education. Her talents and rich experience in education served the people of the county admirably.”
Added, Dr. Arturo Delgado, Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, “On behalf of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, I’m delighted to welcome incoming Board member Alex Johnson. I’m confident he will support our efforts to promote educational excellence for the students and families of Los Angeles County.”