Los Angeles school board member Ref Rodriguez has resigned from the state’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which oversees the integrity and quality of California’s teachers.
Rodriguez faces felony and misdemeanor charges on allegations of political money laundering. Separately, his former employer, a charter school organization, has accused him of improperly authorizing checks to a nonprofit under his control.
Rodriguez, 46, has denied wrongdoing.
The resignation from the commission is likely to fuel speculation about how long Rodriguez will remain on the Los Angeles Board of Education. But there are at least several reasons why he might wish to stay on, according to observers and legal experts.