P R E S S  R E L E A S E

For Immediate Release

February 12, 2018  


Contact:   Hasany De La Vega

Phone:   (562) 270-5998





LONG BEACH, CA – Dr. Eduardo Lara announced today that Distinguished UCLA Professor of Education, Dr. Pedro Noguera, has endorsed his campaign to represent the 3rd District of the Long Beach Unified School District. Noguera, a renowned expert on diversity and equity issues in education, sees Lara as the best and most experienced candidate for the upcoming April 10th election.  

"Eduardo has taught across the K-12 pipeline, having taught kindergartners, elementary, middle, and high school students,” said Noguera. “He has also prepared teachers to work effectively in diverse schools, using his 20 years of experience grounded in a social justice approach toward teaching to transform and enrich student learning. He will bring a comprehensive equity-minded skillset and voice to the Long Beach School Board and I am proud to endorse him.” 

Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author of twelve books and over 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and his editorials on educational issues have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, other national news outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA he serves as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2003 – 2015) Harvard University (2000-2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (19990 – 2000). From 2009 – 2012 he served as a Trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the Governor. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education. Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, from the National Association of Secondary Principals, and from the McSilver Institute at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty. 

In response to the endorsement, Lara said, “I look to Pedro and his educational advocacy work as a model for continuing to build strong public schools. Pedro’s research on Black and Brown youth can greatly inform conversations in the district on how to best improve learning for these students. I welcome his scholarship as an important contribution to evidence-based education policy.”

Noguera joins other social justice leaders and educators in endorsing

 Lara for School Board, including:

Long Beach Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez 

Santa Ana Board of Education President Valerie Amezcua 

South Pasadena Board of Education Member Suzie Abajian 

Santa Ana Unified School District Clerk Dr. Alfonso Alvarez

Santa Ana Unified School District Member John Palacio

For more information on Dr. Eduardo Lara’s campaign, please visit

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Dr. Eduardo Lara lives in the LBUSD Third District with his husband, Gaudencio Márquez. He has been an engaged resident of the district for over a decade. Dr. Lara served as a middle school teacher in LAUSD, Director of an Urban Education master’s degree program at Loyola Marymount University, Associate Director of the Youth Empowerment and Research Seminar at Pepperdine, and Director of Research and Evaluation for the Health Literacy Project. Dr. Lara earned his bachelor and master’s degrees from The George Washington University and his Ph.D. in Education from UCLA; he is currently a Sociologist of Education at Cal State Long Beach.