Carl Petersen: A School District’s Gag Rule

"Carl J. Petersen keeps a watchful eye on the Los Angeles school district. He’s also the father of a child with an individualized education program (IEP), and in that capacity, he had a few things to say to the folks overseeing the district’s special education program...You can read the full post here."

 

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Carl Petersen: Parents Group Issues Statement Opposing Lawsuit Against The LAUSD

"Carl J. Petersen is a writer and advocate who has kept close tabs on the ins and outs of reform in Los Angeles. LAUSD has emerged as one of the hot spots in the ongoing debates about reopening school buildings; now, some astroturfers have decided it’s time to sue the district, and an actual grassroots group is opposing them...It’s a crazy story of privilege and politics. Read the entire post here."

 

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Sunday Mailbag

C.P. in Los Angeles, CA, writes: With the recall election looking like it would happen, there seems to be more urgency in having Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) retire. While it may be unlikely, the recall of Gray Davis and the election of Trump have shown that Murphy's law also applies to politics. The damage of the GOP's recall being successful would be significantly compounded if Feinstein could not finish her term, and a Republican got to appoint her successor.

Read the full column at Electoral-Vote.com.

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Carl Petersen: Getting Advice From Texas?

"Carl J. Petersen is a parent and special education advocate who keeps a close eye on the Los Angeles school system. Here he is taking pro-charter members of the LAUSD board for soliciting advice from Texas..."

"Petersen actually addressed the board and he includes his remarks in the complete piece, which can be viewed here."

 

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ICYMI: Hooray for the Sports Ball Edition (2/7)

"Kids Last

In California, a charter school chain apparently wants to build a school on a toxic land fill."

Read the full article on Curmudgucation.

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Cashing in on Kids - February 9, 2021

"Now the rest of the news…

'Enabling Theft and Fraud' in Los Angeles. Carl Petersen documents how the Los Angeles Unified School District continues to take away building space from public school students to give to charter schools, with past-due bills totaling $1.9 million. Medium

'Charter Schools Invaded Our Neighborhoods Without Public Input.' A group of parents, teachers, and educators in East Los Angeles detail how their neighborhoods have become saturated with charter schools to the detriment of public schools. Age of Awareness

Read the complete report on the In The Public Interest website.

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Emiliana Dore: Charter Schools Are Not the Answer!

"Emiliana Dore wrote a powerful article at Medium about the importance of public schools and why charter schools do not promote racial or social justice. Her article was posted by Carl J. Petersen, a valiant fighter for public schools in Los Angeles.

Dore, a public school parent and advocate, wrote in response to an article at The 74 contending that charter schools were models for teaching kindness and anti-racism. Dore strongly disagreed."

Read the article on Diane Ravitch's Blog.

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Charter Schools and Fascist Tools - Guest Carl J. Petersen

The article that initiated this conversation can be found on Medium.

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Los Angeles: Charter School Games the System for More $$$

"Parent advocate Carl J. Petersen writes here about a charter school in Los Angeles that figured out to game the system for more money and space.

He writes that “Citizens of the World” collects signatures of parents who are not likely to apply for the school and uses them as expressions of intent to enroll."

Read the article on Diane Ravitch's Blog.

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Board Has Wall Street Wolves Guarding LAUSD Henhouse

"On the docket (tab 6) for discussion and for waivers of important public-interest oversight mechanisms, is the sale of LAUSD’s central administrative headquarters downtown. Known eponymously for its location at 333 S. Beaudry Ave, 'Beaudry' is a building with a history of construction defects and shady real estate deals. LAUSD purchased the building in 2001 under circumstances so fraught as to attract investigation by then-District Attorney Cooley. And in 2017 District staff found 'there would be no financial benefit to selling the…building at this time.'"

Read the full article in the Los Angeles Education Examiner.

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