A student admonished the LAUSD board. His name is Tyler Okeke. He was fearless: unbought, unbought, an honest voice in a den of vipers.

He reminded the board that its first obligation was to the 500,000 students in public schools, not the well-represented students in charter schools, who had been lied to about what a moratorium meant. Their schools were not in danger.

“In a system where money is considered speech, those who cannot afford to buy a microphone are at a disadvantage. As the teachers’ union and the charter school industry spend millions influencing LAUSD elections, the students the District is supposed to serve struggle to have their voice heard. Fortunately for them, their lone representative on the School Board, Tyler Okeke, spoke for them at last Tuesday’s Board meeting in a voice that could not be silenced.”

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