Carl J. Petersen
Carl Petersen is a parent advocate for students with SpEd needs and public education. As a Green Party candidate in LAUSD’s District 2 School Board race, he was endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action. Opinions are his own.
“It’s the uncertainty, the challenge and the willingness to put it all on the line that draws a lot of people to climb mountains. That can also apply to a lot of other challenges in life, whether it’s running for office, starting a family, going to grad school or taking all of your cash and assets and starting a business.” – Mark Udall
Facing The Voters
“Community Schools are a road to communism.” – BD3 Candidate Raquel Villalta As my wife and I pulled into the parking lot of Birmingham Charter High School, we were impressed by the number of cars already present. It was a Saturday night on the first day of Thanksgiving break and spots were already scarce. Civil engagement may not be dead after all.
LAUSD Candidate Richard Ramos on Special Education
“As an LAUSD Board of Education member, I am committed to helping parents and families with special education needs by facilitating connections with the relevant personnel within LAUSD to address their questions and concerns.” – BD3 Candidate Richard Ramos
LAUSD Candidate DeWayne Davis on Special Education
“A resolution affirming this objective while also more clearly defining the inclusion of parent’s wishes…would only serve to improve the District’s ability to meet the needs of all students.” – BD1 Candidate DeWayne Davis
Los Angeles Candidates File To Run In March Primary
“Especially in local elections, because hardly anybody pays attention to those - but it's really important who's mayor and who's on the city council, county commissioners, sheriffs, district attorney, and of course the school board.” – Jello Biafra
LAUSD Candidate Fidencio Gallardo on Special Education
“Allowing parents, teachers, and other staff to have a greater say in making decisions, even [if] their say goes against District practices, will bring better results for individual students.” – BD5 Candidate Fidencio Gallardo
The LAUSD's Continued Assault On Special Education
“We’re treated like problem parents instead of concerned parents.” – Parent comment to LAUSD School Board No group represents the frustrations of parents in the LAUSD more than those who have children with Special Education needs. Like any other parent, they just want their kids to reach their maximum potential but the District makes them fight for every service that can help them reach this goal. It is as if the law that guarantees them a Free and Appropriate Public Education does not exist.
LAUSD Candidate Forum: Special Education
“I just want to reiterate that we must move away from the District's ‘one size fits all’ approach. Special Education services must be tailored to the needs of individual students.” – BD5 Candidate Fidencio Joel Gallardo