L.A. school board president withdraws plan for district to help pay for a nonprofit’s building

Board of Education President Monica Garcia has pulled back from a proposal to use school district funds to help an Eastside community group pay for its new building.

She had planned to ask fellow board members Tuesday to consider approving a $125,000 grant for InnerCity Struggle, a Boyle Heights group that is building a $6-million community center and administrative headquarters.

Although the proposed grant was relatively small — less than the average salary of two teachers with benefits — she would have been asking for it at a time when leaders of the nation’s second-largest school system are crying poverty and talking of a desperate need for money to flow into the district, not out.

InnerCity Struggle is run by community activist Maria Brenes. Her husband, Luis Sanchez, once was Garcia’s chief of staff. Sanchez ran unsuccessfully for the school board in 2011 and now heads a group set up to register and mobilize young voters, particularly those of color. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-garcia-funding-proposal-20181204-story.html