Boston Mayor Michelle Wu reappointed Jamaica Plain resident Lorena Lopera to the Boston school board on Tuesday.
Lopera was renamed along with South Boston resident Rafaela Polanco García. Lopera and Garcia had been appointed to shortened terms by acting mayor Kim Janey in July.
Gracias @MaireWu! I love the opportunity to work with amazing mothers and leaders for a better future for our children. My kids joined me today, Maite wearing her best Cleveland for mayor! Grateful to the leaders who made it a point to show their support for my candidacy. TY! https://t.co/Lrt6HqV8oX pic.twitter.com/U1Cv8VtLrp
—Lorena Lopera (@LorenaMLopera) November 30, 2021
“Lorena Lopera and Rafaela Polanco García have served with dedication and urgency to ensure that Boston Public Schools are connected to each of our families,” said Wu. always championed equity, inclusion and accessibility in our school system. They will both continue to work to support families, educators and community members and champion the high quality education our students deserve.
Lopera is a first-generation Colombian immigrant and serves as the Executive Director of Latinos for Education, New England, the first national organization founded and led by Latinos dedicated solely to creating leadership pathways for Latinos in the education. According to a press release. She currently sits on the board of EdVestors and is related to BPS.
“I am honored to continue to serve on the Boston School Committee. My educational background and my experience as a Boston Public Schools parent will continue to guide my decisions on the committee,” Lopera said. “I look forward to working with families, educators and community members to make our school system more equitable, responsive and provide quality support for all of our children.”
In November, Bostonians overwhelmingly approved a nonbinding ballot measure for Boston to have an elected school board. Before that happens, the Boston City Council would have to vote on a proposed bylaw petition, then the mayor would have to approve, then he would go to the State House to have the House and Senate both approve it, then the governor should sign it.
This process will take some time to unfold, and in the meantime, Wu appoints the school committee members, and the city has recently been looking for candidates for the committee.