The sudden resignation of Anton was as much a surprise to UTLA as it was to others. His more than 40 years of service to LAUSD and its students is to be commended and recognized. Disagreements between the superintendent and UTLA in no way detract from his dedication to our public school system.
UTLA reached out to Anton to work together as partners in facing the myriad problems and deficiencies within LAUSD. In the beginning, we had hope. Then, the state's financial house of cards came crashing down and budgets for all social services, public education among them, were lined up for the budget ax. As soon as that happened, the superintendent and those at 450 N. Grand closed ranks and did all they could to preserve the administrative structure and cut from the classroom first instead of last. That's where UTLA and Anton parted company.