CARL PETERSEN FOR LAUSD BOARD DISTRICT 2

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LAUSD Board Elections – Online Edition

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Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 2’s Carl Petersen: ‘The bureaucracy is just so huge’

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Individualized Education Should be for All Students

Chewy.JPGIn order for children on the autism spectrum to reach their full potential, parents and teachers must work closely together to tailor an educational program that meets each child’s unique needs. For those with mild to severe disabilities, the law specifies that the procedures used be formalized in an Individualized Education Program (IEP). A well executed IEP meeting is a collaborative effort between parents and the team involved in the child’s education.

Faced with two daughters who had stalled in their progress, my wife and I prepared ourselves for a new round of IEPs. Both meetings started well, with the other participants either agreeing with our assessments or providing suggestions that built upon our ideas. However, in the end, they refused to write these into the IEPs. In each case, we were pulled aside by someone who risked their employment with the LAUSD to explain that the District that would not allow them to include what we all agreed was the best course of action.

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The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Monica Garcia

Please list your top 4 priorities for the elective office you are seeking.

  1. Increase graduation
  2. Increase 3rd grade reading
  3. Reduce suspensions
  4. Reduce drop-outs

- Monica Garcia


There are many challenges facing the LAUSD. As an example, just last month the District warned state and county officials that it “may not be able to meet its financial obligations in upcoming years because it faces a cumulative deficit of $1.46 billion through the 2018-2019 school year.” It is also fighting a $1 billion lawsuit filed by Mark Geragos against the LAUSD on behalf of teachers who were victimized by the District’s Teacher Jail program. Parents of children with moderate to severe special education needs are also suing the District in an effort to keep special education centers open. Most concerning, incumbent Board member Monica Garcia states that “most of our kids, all of our kids can’t read.”

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Employees of Charter Group Raided By FBI Among Funders of Mónica García's Campaign

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Federal agents raided the offices of a network of Los Angeles charter schools Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of fraud and fiscal mismanagement.

- Los Angeles Times, 1/25/17


Exempting charters “from many of the regulations that govern traditional schools” was supposed to be a way to remove barriers to innovation. Unfortunately, this also provided a way unscrupulous operators to profit from education funds. As an example, the principal of El Camino Real Charter High School got caught charging “first-class airfare and luxury hotel rooms” and personal charges on his school credit card was “punished” with a $215k severance payout. Granada Hills Charter High School made unauthorized transfers from its Associated Student Body bank account. The latest example may be the Celerity Educational Group, which was raided today by federal agents.

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PRESS RELEASE: Once Again, Mónica García Fails to Get a Democratic Endorsement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 23, 2017
Contact: Carl Petersen
(818) 869-0309

The Stonewall Democratic Club voted tonight to provide “No Endorsement” in the LAUSD District 2 Board Race

A week after failing to secure the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, incumbent Mónica García was rejected tonight by the Stonewall Democratic Club. Instead of supporting her re-election, the club, one of “the largest Democratic Clubs in California”, voted to provide “No Endorsement” in the race.

“While Mónica García is spending thousands of dollars to include herself on voter guides that claim that they represent Democrats, the truth is she has yet to show that she has the support of the grassroots activists of the Democratic party”, said Carl Petersen, one of García’s opponents in the March election. “The Stonewall Democratic Club is a strong voice against discrimination and I applaud the membership for not rewarding a candidate who has a history of attacking students who are in the special needs community.

In comparison, Petersen has included keeping the special education centers open as part of his proposals to Improve Special Education within the LAUSD. He is endorsed by Scott Gerber, the former Special Education Representative for UTLA, Network for Public Education (NPE) Action, the North Valley Democratic Club and Nancy Pearlman, a Los Angeles Community College District Trustee.

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I am a parent, special education advocate and a candidate in LAUSD’s District 2. I am endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action and Diane Ravitch called me a “strong supporter of public schools.” For additional information, please visit www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com

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PRESS RELEASE: LAUSD Incumbent Fails to Get the Endorsement of Her Party

Los Angeles County Democratic Party voted tonight to provide “No Endorsement” in the LAUSD District 2 Board Race

Incumbents can usually expect the support of their party when they run for reelection. However, after ten years on the LAUSD Board, Mónica García was unable to inspire the confidence of her fellow Los Angeles County Democrats. Tonight the party delegates accepted on a consensus vote the Endorsement Committee’s recommendation of “No Endorsement”.

“If Democrats learn one thing from the November election it should be that when we abandon Democratic values, the voters will abandon us”, said Carl Petersen, one of García’s opponents in the March election. “Mónica García’s support of the privatization of education is almost identical to the policies of Trump and DeVos. I applaud the LACDP delegates for not rewarding a candidate who threatens the future of public education with an unquestioning support of charters, even ones that are failing their students.”

In comparison, Petersen supports the NAACP’s resolution calling for a “moratorium on charter school expansion and for the strengthening of oversight”. He is endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action and the North Valley Democratic Club.

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I am a parent, special education advocate and a candidate in LAUSD’s District 2. I am endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action and Diane Ravitch called me a “strong supporter of public schools.” For additional information, please visit www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com


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A Failing Charter Gets a Pass

 

We cannot truly have the impact charters were intended to have - to reinvent public education - if we do not close those charters that have demonstrated an inability to meet the challenge of excellence and chronically underperform.

- California Charter School Association (CCSA)

According to the statistics provided by the CCSA, View Park Middle School (VPMS) appears to be accelerating towards failure. In 2015, the charter’s Similar Students Rank was a mediocre four out of ten. Last year, it dropped to a one out of ten. Included in a “Findings of Fact” dated January 10, 2017, the LAUSD Charter School Division (CSD) noted that, on the 2014-15 SBAC assessment, only 5% of VPMS’ students met or exceeded the performance standards in math. In 2015-2016, this dropped to 3%. In both years, 0% of students with disabilities met or exceeded these standards. These statistics are part of the reason that the CSD found that VPMS “has presented an unsound educational program” and recommended that the LAUSD Board deny its renewal petition. With a 4-3-0 vote, the Board ignored this recommendation and the charter will continue to operate.

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LA’s special ed challenge: Integrating students at younger ages without putting special education centers at risk

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