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.
Evaluating The Superintendent One Year In
“Who would ever hire this guy again?” - Eric Phillips, Speaking about Carvalho As the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Superintendent gets ready to start his second year on the job, it is a good time to evaluate how he has done at leading the bureaucracy of the country’s second-largest school district. Before the School Board disappeared into closed session at Tuesday’s meeting with an agenda that included “Superintendent’s Evaluation,” I took the opportunity to provide my perspective:
The Parasite Tries To Replace The Host
“So I would propose: why don’t you move VOCES onto another campus?” - Daniel M. Epstein The hostility that the North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) community shows towards the public school that it shares a campus with was on full display at the LAUSD Board Meeting on January 17, 2023. The charter school’s Treasurer, Daniel M. Epstein, called into the meeting to criticize the Valley Oaks Center For Enriched Studies (VOCES) for being too “woke,” and operating a program that is not being chosen by parents. Epstein did not address accusations from the VOCES Magnet community that the presence of NVMI on the campus is causing some parents to avoid choosing to send their children to this public school.
Running From Her Charter School Support
“The seat was deemed important enough to The Parent Teacher Alliance, an independent expenditure committee supporting the California Charter Schools Association, that it spent more than $1.3 million on behalf of Friedman” - EdSource
The LAUSD Superintendent Vs. Transparency
“We were attacked one time, not more than one time, despite what some folks out there are saying. In fact, what they are saying out there has garnered the attention of federal authorities.” - LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
Is There A New Sheriff In Town?
“a charter school that is not fulfilling its agreed legal obligations of repaying their debt to LAUSD students as a consequence of taking away much-needed space should face consequences, such as having their [charter] petition revoked.” - Dr. Rocio Rivas
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.