Jose Lara, the assistant principal at Dale Junior High School, has resigned his seat on the El Rancho Unified School District in LA County, reports the Los Cerritos News. The divisive Lara was facing a recall election that had qualified for the 2020 ballot.

Controversial El Rancho Unified school board member Jose Lara announced his resignation at the regular ERUSD Board meeting yesterday, declaring his last board meeting as Feb. 4

In a statement, Lara wanted to focus on his family and in particular his son, “My son has recently become ill. After a long hospital stay, he is now home and recovering, at this time, I must focus on my family, their well-being, and can no longer serve on the board.”

The announcement comes after a series of Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News articles triggered a recall election targeting Lara and his crony Leanne Ibarra.

A political radical who views Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara as role models for our youth, Lara has been a divisive figure in the ERUSD. Lara is an ardent advocate for mandating Ethnic Studies as a high school graduation requirement, going so far as to claim that schools without an Ethnic Studies program are guilty of “structural racism.

In 2009, he tweeted this joke:

Image courtesy of Cerritos Community News

Lara is a political ally of Councilman Jose F. Moreno, whose wife Lorena is the principal at Dale Junior High School, which is in the Anaheim High School District.