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.
Proposed Resolution Gains Support
“Resolved, that the District will allow parents to decide how the ‘maximum extent appropriate’ applies to their child. District staff can advocate positions counter to the parent’s wishes during the IEP process but cannot force them into compliance” - Proposed LAUSD Resolution
So Much For "Kids First"
“Proud to be sworn in this morning for my second term as an @LASchools Board member! Looking forward to another term of putting kids first and continuing the work to create a future where every child graduates ready for the world!” - Nick Melvoin
Compromising The Safety Of Public School Students
“This story was updated to reflect that while the incident occurred at the address for an LAUSD middle school, the students were enrolled at a non-LAUSD charter school that is co-located on that campus.” - KTLA
One Step Forward, 2022 Steps Back
“We’re pinheads now We are not whole We’re pinheads all Jocko Homo” - DEVO Had COVID been properly managed, it would have been in our rearview mirror as we negotiated our way through 2022. Instead, Trump politicized the virus, allowing anti-vax and other anti-science conspiracy theories to take root and condemning us to negotiate through a new normal where we are forced to deal with periodic outbreaks. The only positive is that adherence to Internet Pseudo-Science has allowed Darwin to rebalance the voter rolls.
Two For One Election Special
“It is true that power corrupts. The hope at the polling stations and the actions of the elected representatives, unfortunately, often turn to be opposite. The power of ballot turns into the power of wallet. Some law-makers become law-breakers.” - Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
2022 LAUSD Report Card: Failing But Looking Forward To Improvement
“Take a stance, start now, and fight back against the system that has left us to rot and fester.” - Axel Brito The pace of change in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is frustratingly slow, even when it involves the health and safety of our children. As a candidate in 2015, I highlighted the district’s “flushing policy” that required schools to run every water fountain “a minimum of 30 seconds” before school each day. This “stop-gap measure” was enacted seven years earlier following an NBC4 report that showed aging pipes and water fountains were leaching lead particles into the drinking water at LAUSD facilities. In the next seven years, I would still see signs mandating these flushings on water fountains when I visited my children’s schools.
Improving Special Education Within the LAUSD
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” - Mahatma Gandhi Helping students who have disabilities meet their full potential requires that the Special Education services they receive be customized so that their unique needs are met. A one size fits all approach will not work.