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.
“Aren’t we in the business of getting students ready for the world?” – Nicolle Fefferman As a parent, teacher, and founder of “the largest parent-led education advocacy group in Los Angeles,” Parents Supporting Teachers, Nicolle Fefferman has her finger on the pulse of what is happening in Los Angeles schools. Therefore, she was able to sound the alarm when the LAUSD tried to quietly shut down its highly regarded Primary Promise literacy program. The following are comments that she made to the School Board last week demanding that they reconsider the decision:
Who Will Stand Up For The LAUSD's Most Vulnerable Students?
“His accomplishments include providing leadership and fighting to: Improve the process for parent participation in the IEP process for children with special needs” – Re-elect Scott Schmerelson, 2020
“It’s deeply disturbing that an organization that you’ve entrusted with such sensitive information is either significantly delaying — or even hiding — the fact that individuals had very sensitive information exposed.” – Doug Levin , K12 Security Information eXchange
Dodger Blue Shows Compassion
“Jesus was a socialist.” – Oliver Markus Malloy For the Friday edition of its daily blog, Electoral-Vote.com ends with two ongoing series. The older of the two is entitled “This Week in Schadenfreude,” which is an often snarky look at how someone in the news got their comeuppance during the past week. The other is an attempt to end the week on an up note that they call “This Week in Freudenfreude.” It is a feel-good story for the week that revolves around politics.
Granada Hills Charter Will Try Again To Defeat Scott Schmerelson
“What does stricter regulation of charters actually accomplish?” – Dr. Janie Dam When Granada Hills High School converted from an LAUSD public school to a privately operated charter school, it did so with the promise that the change would give parents more opportunities to engage with their children’s school. Accordingly, representatives elected by parents were included on its governing board.
Striking LAUSD Workers Don’t Care About Kids?
“Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.” – Bernard M. Baruch If you want to see examples of extreme selflessness, ask to tour one of the LAUSD’s Special Education Centers. The children who attend these schools are among the district’s most vulnerable students, with some requiring intensive care from their One on One aides. These employees will repeatedly wipe the constant stream of drool from a wheelchair-confined child’s face with patience while taking care to preserve the student’s dignity.