Parental Engagement

By Carl J. Petersen

Education issues as seen from a father's eyes.

The Country's Largest Charter School Expands into a Construction Zone

Was the LAUSD Board aware that Granada Hills Charter High School would raze its satellite campus just prior to its first year of expansion?

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Once Again Public School Students Are Left Holding The Bag

One charter school cancels its plans to open while another has its records seized by the feds. Both schools have drained badly needed funds from LAUSD students.

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The Country's Second Largest School District Enters a New Era

The charter industry loses its grip on the LAUSD School Board’s Presidency. Is the oversight of Superintendent Austin Beutner next?

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Who is Choosing Who? A Charter School Places Barriers to Entry

Granada Hills Charter High School not only requires incoming students to attend a summer program, but they also make it as inconvenient as possible for incoming students and their families.

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School Board Member Strikes Out in Attempt to Change Board Rules

For the third time, Nick Melvoin is unable to get his fellow LAUSD board members to vote on a project that he has been working on for over two years.

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Vote on LAUSD Rules Changes Delayed Again

For the second time, Nick Melvoin’s attempts to change the LAUSD Board rules have been pulled from the agenda before a vote could be taken.

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A School District Tried to Secure a Source of Funding and All It Got Was a Bill for $12.5 Million

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner presented a parcel tax resolution without getting input from the public. The voters rejected his proposal.

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Measure EE Puts Your LAUSD Child First

Proceeds from the Tax shall be used for: lowering class sizes; providing school nursing, library, and counseling services and other health and human services for student support; providing instructional programs, school resources, and materials; retaining and attracting teachers and school employees; and providing necessary administrative services.

- Measure EE

 

When the business interests opposing Measure EE state that the parcel tax will “compound the affordable housing problem”, I can not help but wonder how many of these same people also worked against California Proposition 10 in last year’s election. Had this proposal passed it would have allowed “local governments to adopt rent control on any type of rental housing.” This would have given local governments a powerful tool in combating the affordable housing problem and gentrification. Unfortunately, the nearly $100 million spent against Proposition 10 helped to ensure its defeat. As a result, most local governments in California are still prohibited from enacting rent control.

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Did Austin Beutner Sabotage the Passage of Measure EE?

You can’t change it without us re-voting.

- LAUSD Board Member Richard Vladovic

 

That is correct.

- LAUSD General Counsel David Holmquist


Los Angeles students are in desperate need of the funds promised from Measure EE. As noted by Dr. Rocio Rivas, “California ranks 43rd in per-pupil spending with an investment of less than $11,000 per student, which is below the national average of approximately $12,526. In addition, California is ranked 48th in class size.” As a comparison, in the 2014–15 school year, New York state spent $20,744 per student. Unable to rely on the state or federal governments to help properly fund our education system, Los Angeles must look to fixing the problem ourselves by passing the parcel tax.

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Jackie Goldberg Hits the LAUSD Board Running

I can’t support us fixing computers and stuff for a charter school co-located with a district school that doesn’t have the same technology.”

- Jackie Goldberg

Backed by Jackie Goldberg’s overwhelming electoral victory, George McKenna and Scott Schmerelson revisited their motion from last August to temporarily appoint her to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Seat vacated by convicted felon Ref Rodriguez until the votes can be officially certified. Despite the fact that the Brown Act prohibits the Board from coordinating their actions outside of the public view, it appeared from the outset of the May 21st meeting that the decision had made in advance as Board President Monica Garcia had already given Goldberg a seat at the dais. However, the Board had to hear public comment before taking the official vote. This is what I had to say:

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