LA board ratifies hiring of mayor's top education aide

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Los Angeles Board of Education has ratified the unusual hiring of the mayor’s top education advisor, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana.

Melendez will be brought on as an employee of the L.A. Unified School District, but with her salary and benefits paid by the city of Los Angeles. The arrangement will allow Melendez, a career educator, to continue to accrue pension benefits in the state teachers retirement system. Her salary will be $139,000, according to a spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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