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José Luis

Rojas Villarreal

for School Committee 2021
Integrity - Compassion - Leadership

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I want to start by saying that I has been an honor and privilege to serve, especially given the awesome challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.  


During my first term, I have shown that I can bring people together with various points of view and data considerations, and come up with consensus or other ways to move forward.  For example, as chair of the building & grounds subcommittee, I have listened to our community members with expertise in health care, science and education who have volunteered to provide us with invaluable advice.  I helped bring together all this information in the form of the district’s COVID-19 health & safety manual, which enabled us to bring our youngest and most-at-risk students back to the classrooms safely earlier than many other districts.  The manual and its successful implementation have served as a model for other school committees in and outside the state.

I have also used my professional experience to ensure long-term considerations are fully incorporated in the School Committee’s decision making.  For example, in March 2020 the onset of the pandemic coincided with the discussion of the 2020-2021 budget.  I urged that we needed to integrate the likely effects of the pandemic into our discussion for the budget.  This meant that the budget discussion took longer than normal, but also pushed us to have conversations with the City Manager and City Council that resulted in the City’s commitment to cover the additional costs of responding to the pandemic during the 2021 school year.

Lastly, through that and the following budget cycles, I noticed that most of the discussions centered on new initiatives to be funded as an increase to the base budget.  I have requested that for future budget discussions that we also focus on areas that should be changed or discontinued if they are not showing the intended results. It is key that the School District and School Committee continue to adapt and course-correct based on monitoring and evaluation of our programs, and to clearly and openly communicate these changes to the Community.

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June 29, 2021

We did it!

We did it!  And I truly mean "we".  While my accomplishments in the School Committee and my personal and professional background were the foundation of my campaign, it was your personal support that got me elected! Thank you!  To read my complete message click here.

Nov 1, 2021

The Night Before

Here we are!  Election day is tomorrow and I want to thank all of you for your support and advice.  I wish all of my fellow candidates the best and hope that I can join the other members that we elect to the School Committee.  If you have questions about how to cast your ballot tomorrow, please click here.  Here we go!

Oct 30, 2021

I just voted and one last push!

I voted this Friday, the last day of early voting! Election day is this Tuesday 2 November. As we near the end of the campaign and the election, I want to ask you for one last push to get the word out. If you have not done so yet, please consider emailing or posting to your friends sharing your support for me on the School Committee election. Click here sample messages.

Oct 23, 2021

Voting has Started and Information on Other Candidates

Election day is just over a week away, people are already voting by mail and early voting has started. Read here how you can show you support me, in the last few days. Also, I have included some useful links with candidate information for City Council and School Committee, which may help you in your voting choices.

Oct 14 & 20 2021

Cambridgeport and MBK Candidate Forums

Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association hosted a candidate night for both School Committee and City Council candidates.  My Brothers Keeper (MBK) Cambridge hosted a School Committee Forum that is now available on CCTV.

Oct 14, 2021

Interview with Jimmy Tingle of CCTV

José Luis was interviewed by Jimmy Tingle in CCTV as part of Jimmy's Meet the Candidates program.  Please watch the vido below or click here.

Sep 9, 2021

Campaign Kickoff

As I announced earlier, I am running for re-election to the Cambridge School Committee this November! Hope that you can join us at my kickoff event in our front garden - 19 Cornelius Way - Thursday 16 Sep 6:30pm - 7:30 pm!

Oct 15, 2021

Entering the Final Stretch

Election day is just over two weeks away and some people are already voting by mail!  Here are a couple of concrete ways that you can help me in this final stretch to get the word out

Oct 2, 2021

Endorsement Our Revolution Cambridge

I am excited to let you know that Our Revolution Cambridge has endorsed me for School Committee, along with four other candidates.


For other endorsements, click here.

June 29, 2021

My Re-election Campaign Announcement

I humbly announce that I will run for re-election to the Cambridge School Committee on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Click here to read more on the work we have done and my contributions over the last year and a half.

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October 6, 2021

Student Vaccine Mandate

Click here to read more on my vote against the student vaccine mandate.  But in short I was unsuccessful in asking the School Committee to amend the recommendation so that it only mandated fully FDA approved vaccines.

May 14, 2021

National Recognition of Safety Measures

The Infection Control & School Task Force has named Cambridge Public Schools as one their best practice cases in the country.  Click here for their Roadmap to Healthy Schools.

May 14, 2021

Appointment of Interim Superintendent and My Vote

Update on appointment of interim superintendent and my remarks before I voted against.  Click here for information on the search process.

Oct 26, 2020

COVID-19 Safety Manual

Adoption of safety manual, a key step in starting in-person learning.  Thank you to everyone in the Health & Safety Working Group and all who came to the building & grounds subcommittee meetings for its development.  Click here for the manual.

Aug 7, 2020

Reopening Model Decision

Reflection on vote last night on the proposed learning model for the start of the school year.  Click here for the related Order that provides details on what was decided.

You can also find the latest version of the learning model by clicking here.

Apr 19, 2020

January-March Newsletter

Summary of what has been happening for the past three months:

* January - Budget Process

* February - District Plan, Governance and Building Equity Bridges

* March - Culturally Responsive Teaching, SUMIT Summer Program, Response to COVID-19, and Presentation of FY 2021 Budget

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