Melvoin Watch

Nick Melvoin’s charter school advocacy group releases a study proving they were wrong about reopening schools after the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Speak Up’s Web Site

Speak Up leaders have previously criticized LAUSD for, they say, unnecessarily delaying the reopening of campuses.

- LAist


Breaking Education

As Monica Garcia’s penultimate school year on the board comes to a close her latest proposal puts her legacy clearly in focus.

Most of our kids, all of our kids can’t read.


#AnotherDayAnotherCharterScandal

The charter school industry successfully lobbies against efforts to prevent another $50 million theft of scarce education funds.

“People v. McManus revealed many weaknesses in the State’s education system in the areas of fraud enforcement, student data tracking, auditing, school finance, and oversight of charter schools.”

- Summer Stephan, San Diego District Attorney


SILENCING PARENTS

In an appearance before the Reseda Neighborhood Council, Kelly Gonez deflects blame for refusing to allow Parent Engagement Committee meetings.

Our board rules also give the Board President the authority to create subcommittees of this body.”

- Kelly Gonez, December 17, 2020


Life After COVID

Perhaps that isn’t a train coming at us from the opposite direction but an actual light at the end of the tunnel.

“Who’s the more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?”

- Obi-Wan Kenobi

Enjoying our day at Six Flags Magic Mountain


#AnotherDayAnotherCharterScandal

School board member was in the minority on the vote to deny Prepa Tec’s renewal. California’s State Board of Education upheld the board’s decision.

The CDE (California Department of Education) notes that a negative year-end fund balance could jeopardize PTLAH’s (Prepa Tec High School) fiscal sustainability since the school’s liabilities could not be satisfied even if all of PTLAH’s assets were liquidated.

- LAUSD Charter School Division


LA Superintendent Search

Outlining the qualities that Austin Beutner’s successor will need to successfully lead the LAUSD in the COVID-19 recovery.


VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Bassett Street Elementary School thought they had repelled a co-location from Citizens of the World charter schools. Unfortunately, they haven’t.

“Adding to this pain, was the fact that COTW’s colonizing aggression was taking place during a pandemic…It was a cruel place to be in, but then charter schools are never shy in creating opportunities out of other people’s hardships and struggles, even during Covid.”

- Angie Romo


Mother’s Day

Parenting is a sometimes thankless job made even more difficult when the spotlight is stolen by a partner who does not always pull their weight.

I am the maker of rules

Dealing with fools

- Lyrics often quoted by my mother


SILENCING PARENTS

The LAUSD School Board was forced to backtrack on plans to change the school calendar after failing to obtain consensus on the issue. What now?

“Six extra days of class time and four days of teacher professional development was an insufficient measure to address the trauma of the last year and a half. This is the time to address critical needs and begin prioritizing the allocation of funds towards real mitigation measures for learning inequities, increasing mental health services, and creating smaller class sizes.”

- Nicolle Fefferman, Parents Supporting Teachers

Carl J. Petersen

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com

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