A School District’s Failure to Follow Through

Carl J. Petersen
4 min readNov 3, 2017

Lunch Shelter Area that is structurally unstable. It is an immediate safety hazard and must be fenced off until removed or constructed to the District’s standards and applicable laws.

- LAUSD Facilities Services Division

Within a period of one year, Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) was issued two Notices to Cure (NTC) and one Notice of Violation by LAUSD. These directed the charter’s administration to correct financial improprieties, enrollment policies that did not conform with the education code and construction projects that endangered the safety of students. Each specified deadlines that had to be met. While these deadlines have all passed, it does not appear that the corrective actions in any of these cases have been made.

The NTC issued on September 21, 2016 informed “the governing board of Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) of the Charter School Division’s (CSD) concerns regarding the borrowing of GHCHS’ Associated Student Body (ASB) funds to meet GHCHS’ payroll obligations” after an investigation found that the administration had made “‘emergency’ transfers totaling $1,035,000” from the Associated Student Body (ASB) bank account. These funds were raised by the students and are supposed to be under their exclusive control. Another $600,000 “were transferred from the ASB account to the payroll account” in violation of the California Education Code. Included in the NTC was a requirement that the administration “provide CSD a copy of the governing board meeting agenda and minutes that reflect the discussion of” a series of action items specified by the district. However, according to the minutes provided by the Governing Board, only one of these action items was discussed. Despite this, the CSD did not advance the process by issuing a Notice of Violation to the charter.

On June 22, 2016, the CSD instructed GHCHS to “take immediate action to address the admission practice and policy that denies prospective resident students the opportunity to be admitted into the main campus throughout the school year.” A year and a half later, the administration has not complied with this demand and parents continue to…

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Carl J. Petersen

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