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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.


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!

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.


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


Nov 4, 2019

Election Day is tomorrow! and non-political sources of information

Please remember to vote! And here are a couple of non-political sources of information on the School Committee and City Council candidates:
* Cambridge Civic Journal - click here
* The Whistler of the Agassiz Baldwin Community - click here
* The Forum of CRLS - School Committee and City Council

Oct 28, 2019

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.

Oct 7, 2019

Cambridge Education Association Candidate Forum

CCTV live streamed the Cambridge School Committee Candidate Forum organized by the Cambridge Education Association.  Please see below or click here to watch.

Nov 1, 2019

Latest Endorsements, Patty Nolan, Quinton Zondervan and Willy Foote

Humbled to add endorsements of Patty Nolan, Quinton Zondervan and Willy Foote, among others.

Oct 24 & 27 2019

Cambridgeport and East Cambridge Candidate Forums

Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association hosted a candidate night for both School Committee and City Council candidates.  The East Cambridge Planning Team (ECPT) and East End House  hosted a School Committee Forum.

Oct 3, 2019

Endorsement Our Revolution Cambridge and Panel Video

I am excited to let you know that Our Revolution Cambridge has endorsed me for School Committee, along with four other candidates.  This was the result of an open and transparent process.  Please see below or click here to see a video of their candidate panel.  


For other endorsements, click here.

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