LOS ANGELES, Calif.— Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Stanley L. Johnson, Jr., to the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Dr. Johnson is the Project Director of the National Science Foundation and Researcher at the Black Male Institute at the Center for the Transformation of Schools in the School of Education & Information at UCLA.
“I am proud to appointment Dr. Johnson as Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Office of Education” shared Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell. “He is an experienced educator who understands the nuanced challenges that our students and their families face. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we ensure every student in LA County has a quality education. I know Dr. Johnson shares this commitment.”
Dr. Johnson has deep knowledge and understanding of LACOE and his professional work is equity-focused. He is one of the principal authors of the recent UCLA report “Beyond the Schoolhouse: Digging Deeper, Covid-19 & Reopening Schools for Black Students in Los Angeles.” In addition to his academic work, he has classroom experience in the Second District: he was a Compton Unified High School teacher and administrator, who helped Compton Unified regain its accreditation. Dr. Johnson has also consulted for LACOE, notably in the Juvenile Court School’s literacy initiative. He strives to uplift and empower students and their families, especially the most vulnerable.
“It truly is a great honor and privilege to represent Supervisor Holly Mitchell and the residents of the Second District on the Los Angeles County Board of Education. Having been a teacher, principal, district and county office administrator, and academic researcher, I will leverage my 20-plus years of experience to advance equity and access for our nearly two million students, their families, and our dedicated employees said Dr. Stanley Johnson Jr. “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, I remain pragmatically optimistic about the future of our Los Angeles County schools.”
The Los Angeles County Office of Education is the nation’s largest regional education agency and is at the helm of providing oversight of school district budgets to safeguard vital resources and public dollars. LACOE serves to support and protect the education and well-being of LA County’s 2 million students, 48 Unified School Districts, and 73,000 teachers.