For our 91st episode, Dr. Rocio Rivas (@RocioRivas1111) and I have an extensive discussion on public schools in Los Angeles, including the ongoing challenges posed by charter schools and the private “philanthropists” behind many of them. Originally migrated from Mexico to the K-town area at two years old, Rivas graduated from Reseda high school as the beneficiary of a busing program there and earned her B.A. in Political Science and Development Studies from UC Berkeley in 1996. In 2008, she also earned her PhD in Comparative and International Education from Columbia University. Rivas’ campaign for District 2 is endorsed by the United Teachers of Los Angeles; to learn more about her, you can visit her website. You can also volunteer for her campaign via this UTLA portal. Mail-in ballots for L.A. voters arrive as early as May 9th, 2022, and Election Day is June 7th, 2022.