LAUSD School Board: The ABC's Of November's Runoff Races

DISTRICT 7

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  • This Might End Up Being The Most Expensive LAUSD School Board Primary Ever (LAist)
  • What Is A Charter School, Exactly? A Field Guide (LAist)
  • LAUSD District 7's Open Seat (Medium/Carl Petersen)

DISTRICT 3

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  • This Might End Up Being The Most Expensive LAUSD School Board Primary Ever (LAist)
  • Those Nasty LAUSD School Board Campaign Ads: What's Fact? What's Opinion? (LAist)
  • What Is A Charter School, Exactly? A Field Guide (LAist)
  • LAUSD BD3 Candidate Marilyn Koziatek: Parents 'want a voice and a seat at the table' (Speak Up)
  • LAUSD Candidate Profile: Scott Schmerelson (Patch/Carl Petersen)

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L.A.’s School Board Races Turn Expensive and Ugly

"While the race may represent a proxy war between charters and traditional schools nationally, there are real issues at stake if the balance of power is tipped on the board. Sources tell Capital & Main that teachers’ gains from 2019 could be on the chopping block. Heilig said there would be more co-location of charter and traditional schools if the board majority is pro-charter. District 3 parent and blogger Carl Petersen said he doesn’t think that a larger percentage of charter schools would be approved if the board tilts toward charter forces because 'barely any are rejected' now.

'The bigger problem is that there will be even less oversight of schools that are already operating,' Petersen said."

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“When you find hypocrisy in the daylight, look for power in the shadows”

"Just so has Marilyn Koziatek – or the independent expenditure committee (IEC) from which she proudly accepts endorsement of her West San Fernando Valley campaign for school board in the LAUSD3 board district – swerved from insinuation of responsibility for scandals that occurred before his tenure, to antisemitism to anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice bigotry."

Read the full article in the Los Angeles Education Examiner.

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Privatization Report - July 6, 2020

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California Charter Schools Have Taken Millions Of Public Dollars Meant For Small Businesses

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Carl J. Petersen: Let the Charter School Lies Begin!

"Parent advocate Carl J. Petersen writes that the election for the Los Angeles Unified School District school board is already flooded with charter school lies."

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Privatization Report - September 21, 2020

California: Carl Petersen has penned an interesting report on what’s become of El Camino Real High School after it was privatized under a law created to allow parents to privatize “underperforming” schools. He ties the history to upcoming school board elections. “As voters in LAUSD’s Board District 3 get set to choose between a life-long educator and a charter school employee, this lack of accountability should be at the forefront of the discussion. Incumbent Scott Schmerelson has a proven track record of supporting successful charter schools while holding these publicly funded private schools accountable when they break the rules. The challenger, Marilyn Koziatek, works for Granada Hills Charter, which is also a conversion charter that had an excellent record as an LAUSD school. Instead of looking out for stakeholders, her record shows that she is willing to keep violations hidden from parents. Koziatek’s elevation to the board would guarantee that betrayals of the public trust would continue unabated.”

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

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Carl J. Petersen: Why Los Angeles Voters Should Re-Elect Scott Schmerelson to the LAUSD School Board

Ravitch writes: "Carl J. Petersen is a parent in Los Angeles. He is supporting Scott Schmerelson for re-election to the LAUSD school board because of his experience with Scott’s opponent, who works for a charter school."

 

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Carl J. Petersen: LAUSD Stood by While Charter Executive Embezzled $3.1 Million

 

"Carl J. Petersen, a parent advocate for students with special needs in the public schools of Los Angeles, wrote here about the failure of the LAUSD school board to monitor graft in the charter sector.

He writes about the deliberate negligence of board members supported by the charter industry:"

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Carl J. Petersen: Los Angeles Charter School Took $4.6 Million from PPP, Then Laid Off Employees

 

"Carl J. Petersen, writer and public school parent in Los Angeles, writes here about a Los Angeles charter schools that took millions from the federal Paycheck Protection Plan, then laid off employees anyway.

The purpose of PPP was to help small businesses and to ensure that they did not fire employees because they couldn’t afford to pay them. But charter schools, which had suffered no economic harm, cashed in on the program…because they could.

Petersen writes:"

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