Parental Engagement

By Carl J. Petersen

Education issues as seen from a father's eyes.

The Voters Have Spoken. Is the LAUSD Listening?

With an overwhelming victory in the primary election, Jackie Goldberg has earned the right to be seated on the Board of Education.

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Allison Bajracharya: Looking to Fail Up?

Camino Nuevo runs two schools labeled as “underperforming.” Their chief of operations wants a seat on the LAUSD School Board.

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Jackie Goldberg: A Chance to Reclaim our Public Schools

Only Jackie Goldberg has the experience and chutzpah to fix the mess that Ref Rodriguez created for LAUSD Board District 5.

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The LAUSD's Revolving Door Continues

Board President Monica Garcia announces her run for City Council. Once again she puts her personal aspirations above the children of Los Angeles.

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The LAUSD Says: "No Voice For You!"

LAUSD Board Member Nick Melvoin has pledged to change the rules so that stakeholders have better access to meetings. Why won’t he act?

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L.A. Schools’ Superintendent Attempts a Coup

The secrecy has got to stop.”

- LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson


In a clear case of insubordination, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Austin Beutner has ignored a request for copies of contracts that the District had signed for four months. On at least one occasion, Beutner publicly promised to turn over these “confidential contracts” to Board Member Scott Schmerelson but did not do so until last week. “The consultants’ work was not disclosed”.

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Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) CFO to Leave Her Position

“Under her leadership, she has made important changes in her departments, which I expect will be sustained.”

- Debra Duardo, LACOE Superintendent

The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) provides oversight over the 80 school districts within the county and can take control if it finds that any of these districts are in danger of becoming insolvent. Therefore, CFO Candi Clark caused a lot of alarm when she made a surprise appearance during public comment at a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board meeting last August. Her warning that the county was concerned about the District’s finances were seen as a vindication from an independent source that the LAUSD could not afford the union’s demands during the ongoing contract negotiations.

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Weaponized Journalism

It has been a great and very profitable partnership with David Pecker and the team at AMI over the last four years and we look forward to the next phase of growth.

- Austin Beutner

At best, the National Enquirer, published by AMI, is mindless entertainment for people stuck waiting in line at their local supermarket. While stories about aliens and other ridiculous conspiracy theories are harmless, their coverage about celebrities crosses a darker line. Intruding into a person’s private life during times of adversity to sell copies of a tabloid is bad enough when the stories are real. Churning out works of fiction using a real person as the main character shows a lack of any moral center.

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Failing Charter Schools and the LAUSD Board's Choice

Data doesn’t close opportunity gaps. People have to do that, so we now need people to take action.

- Carrie Hahnel, EdTrust-West

It is easy to blame a public school for failing to successfully educate a child. Teachers and schools make easy scapegoats in a society that consistently fails at addressing generational poverty, fails to support children with disabilities, and fails at balancing the need to nurture children with the necessity of putting food on the table. In California, we defunded our schools with Proposition 13 and are still wondering why these same schools are not educating children to our expectations.

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Coverage of the LAUSD by the L.A. Daily News: News or Propaganda?

This article first appeared on LASchoolReport.com, a nonprofit education news site covering Los Angeles schools and California policy and analyzing where the Golden State fits into the national conversation surrounding K-12 issues

- Los Angeles Daily News


Three weeks after Candi Clark, Chief Financial Officer of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), spoke at a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board meeting, the Los Angeles Daily News was still describing her appearance as “unannounced”.  However, the facts tell a different story. Documents obtained in a Public Records Act request by United Teachers Los Angeles show that the text of a speech was created on a District computer registered to Cheryl Simpson, an “LAUSD budget official” and shared with Clark. Her appearance was definitely not “unannounced” as it is clear that there was some coordination with officials at the LAUSD.

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