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Education Advocate, LAUSD Board Member LaMotte Passes Away

LOS ANGELES ( — Los Angeles Unified School District board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte has died, a district spokesperson said Thursday.

KNX 1070's Claudia Peschiutta reports LaMotte had been an educator and advocate for children all of her adult life.

LAUSD Board Member LaMotte Passes Away

LaMotte was elected to represent District 1 of the LAUSD Board in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007. She was an educator and advocate for children all of her adult life, according to the LAUSD.

Since 1973, when Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte arrived in Los Angeles, LaMotte held positions such as counselor, assistant principal and principal at Edison Junior High, Francis Polytechnic High School and Horace Mann Junior High.

LaMotte has served as President of the Los Angeles Council of Black Administrators (COBA); President of the Chapter of Southern University Alumni, Los Angeles Chapter; President of the Assault on Illiteracy Program and as a volunteer and member of numerous community and civic organizations.

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said LaMotte will be remembered fondly by the educational community.

"She saw herself first and foremost as an educator, as an advocate for quality education," Ridley-Thomas said.

In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti said LaMotte "was a true trailblazer who dedicated her life to Los Angeles schools."

The date and details surrounding her death were not made public, but the Daily News reported LaMotte was at a school board convention in San Diego when she died.

She is survived by her two children and four grandchildren.

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