Fighting Off a Prop-39 Parasite

Financial records obtained by The Times show that, as Celerity’s CEO, [Vielka McFarlane] paid for many of these expenses with a credit card belonging to her charter schools, which receive the bulk of their funding from the state.

- Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2017

No_Charter_at_Arminta.JPG When the LAUSD denied two Celerity charter renewals in October LAUSD Charter School Division (CSD) Director José Cole-Gutiérrez was quoted as saying that they had “severe concerns with regard to their lack of transparency. We are not even clear who the board members are.” Since then, the FBI and other federal agents have raided the offices of Celerity Educational Group “collecting laptops and copying data from computers”.  The Los Angeles Times has also written two exposés on the publicly funded private schools that included charges that Celerity provided “few school supplies but [held] a lavish party” and the CEO, who was paid $471,842, paid for extravagant “expenses with a credit card belonging to her charter schools”. All this was not enough to stop the District from offering Celerity co-location space at Arminta Street Elementary School under Proposition 39.

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Carl Petersen for LAUSD School Board, District 2

Tuesday is Election Day!
The charters are spending millions to buy control of the LAUSD.
Your vote can stop them.

CLICK HERE to find your polling place.

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Give Like a Billionaire

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The Illusion of School Choice

“ASB funds can never be used to loan money to any group or individual”

- GHCHS’ ASB Handbook

As quoted by the LAUSD Charter School Division

Although parents were never notified, the LAUSD’s Charter School Division (CSD) issued a Notice to Cure to Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) on September 21, 2016. This notice that specified “Immediate Action Required” was issued as a direct result of my investigation that found that the charter’s administration was improperly using “funds of a student body organization” for their payroll obligations. These funds were raised by the student body, are owned by the students of the school and are required to be under the direct control of the Associated Student Body (ASB) council. The law specifically prohibits these funds from being used to pay for items, like payroll, that are supposed to be paid for by the school.

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Stop Betsy DeVos in Los Angeles

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The Real Carpetbaggers in LAUSD's District 2

Carpetbagger: A person from the northern states who went to the South after the Civil War to profit from the Reconstruction.


If the picture on the front of the latest Monica Garcia flyer to hit your mailbox looks familiar, it is because it was the same one that the California Charter School Association (CCSA) used in its unethical campaign against Bennett Kayser. However, this time instead of falsely accusing Kayser of trying to stop Latino children from attending schools in white neighborhoods, they are claiming that “every child deserves the same level of educational funding no matter who they are or where they live.” (emphasis mine) This is just the latest example of how the CCSA and their pawn Garcia really do not care about reducing the achievement gap for the students of District 2.

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Zimmer convinces school board to go for ‘clean money’ elections

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In LA school board race, candidates try to move beyond the issue that pays: charter schools

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Responses to Craig Huey Questionnaire

What is your name and what office are you running for?

Carl J. Petersen, LAUSD School Board District 2

What are the 3 most pressing issues facing your district or city? Please prioritize them. What if anything do you plan to do about them if you are elected? What specific promises will you make to the voters in order to be elected? What will be your primary focus if elected to office?

1. The impending financial bankruptcy of the LAUSD: Programs like John Deasy’s iPads for All and MiSiS have drained resources from the District while it also hemorrhages students due to the unwillingness to compete with the charters. The incumbent brags about adding new school facilities but does not explain why this was done while the District was facing demographic shifts that would make these new buildings unnecessary. In the meantime, older schools still have drinking fountains that leach lead into the water consumed by our children. The taxpayers of this District need a leader who will provide proper oversight of the Superintendent to ensure that their money is actually spent on educating their children and not costly programs that benefit those who pay for her campaign.

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PRESS RELEASE: Patty Lopez and Carl J. Petersen Announce Mutual Endorsements

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Contact: Carl Petersen (818) 869-0309 or Nelson Pichardo (818) 281-1179 

Upstart Candidates Look Forward to Working Together to Build an LAUSD That Is More Responsive to Its Stakeholders

Patty Lopez and Carl J. Petersen are both long-term activists for better public schools with reputations for defying expectations. Lopez is best known for toppling Raul Bocanegra to become an Assemblywoman for the 39th district in the 2014 election. Petersen had the lowest cost per vote (69 cents) in the 2015 Los Angeles municipal elections as part of a field of candidates who forced incumbent Tamar Galatzan into a runoff where she ultimately lost her seat. Neither had support from the establishment.

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