Kelly Gonez’s First Opponent Announces His Candidacy

Public school teacher and parent Marvin Rodríguez will attempt to unseat the LAUSD School Board President in the 2022 Board District 6 election.

Carl J. Petersen
5 min readJan 17, 2021

“Representation on the school board should come from within the community whose members are directly affected by district schools.”

- Marvin Rodríguez

In the election that just passed the charter school industry won one seat to take the majority on the LAUSD School Board. In order to keep control, these publicly funded private schools will have to win all of the three board seats that are before the voters next year. The seat for Board District 2 will be open as Monica Garcia will be prohibited from running due to term limits. After finding himself involved in a series of scandals, Nick Melvoin has yet to announce his intentions for the seat in Board District 4. Newly elected Board President Kelly Gonez in Board District 6 has filed to seek reelection. She will not run unopposed as public school teacher and parent Marvin Rodríguez has already filed the paperwork to run against her.

Marvin Rodríguez

Rodríguez and his family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador when he was eight years old. They settled in Los Angeles and Rodríguez credits strong bilingual education and magnet programs in LAUSD schools for helping him to transition into a new home country with a different language and culture. He notes that “the success of those programs were a result of amazing teachers who always demonstrated a passion for teaching and love for their students through their hard work and commitment to their success.”

After serving his adopted country as a Marine in Iraq, Rodríguez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from CSUN in 2005. He then earned a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education with an emphasis on second language acquisition from National University. Since 2014, he has been teaching Spanish at Cleveland High School. “His commitment and determination to advocate and fight for the success of his students through public education” have led to his…



Carl J. Petersen

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com