Parental Engagement

By Carl J. Petersen

Education issues as seen from a father's eyes.

Letter to LAUSD Board: Letter: El Camino

Honorable Board Members:

When reviewing the board materials for Tuesday’s meeting, I noticed the low percentage of students with special education needs at El Camino Real Charter High and decided to dig a little further. Not only does El Camino serve 35.9% fewer students with special education needs than the district does, but it’s students are also less likely to be on the autism spectrum or have intellectual disabilities:

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Letter To LAUSD Board: CHIME Institute’s Schwarzenegger Community

Honorable Board Members:

Included in the many charter renewal petitions that you will consider on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, is one for CHIME Institute’s Schwarzenegger Community. While the Superintendent has recommended that this item be placed on consent, I strongly suggest that the board discuss this school’s academic performance before voting.

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A Failing Charter Hides Behind COVID-19

Prepa Tec Los Angeles High charter school was failing academically and fiscally before the pandemic. Why is the LAUSD giving them a pass?

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Caught Red Handed: A Charter School Cherry Picks Their Students

The percentage of students with special education needs at El Camino Real Charter is significantly lower than in surrounding high schools. This must be fixed before the LAUSD renews its charter.

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A Charter School Brings A Sense Of Entitlement To New Heights

New Heights Charter School refuses to pay the LAUSD the $1,264,162.44 that it has accumulated in outstanding over-allocation penalties. 

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Taking the "Special" Out Of Special Education

The reaction to society’s stigmatization of special education services should not be to keep students from getting the help that they need.

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Is Anyone Watching The Hen House?

Schools receiving public funding in California are required to fill out a school report card. Why does the North Valley Military Institute not have one on file?

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Failed Citizenship: A Charter School Gets Caught Gaming The System

Citizens of the World Charter Schools collect fraudulent signatures as part of the process to take space away from public school students.

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Attacking Black Lives Matter And Teachers

Instead of pushing for a plan to address the concerns expressed by students, LAUSD police prove their point by engaging in demagoguery.

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District Bureaucrats Fail To Hold Granada Accountable

When will the LAUSD finally take action on a safety-related Notice of Violation that has been outstanding for almost four years?

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