Public Education Supporters Can Breath A Little Easier In Los Angeles

Preliminary results show their candidates will have the opportunity to maintain a majority by defending the three seats they currently hold.

Carl J. Petersen
5 min readMar 6, 2024


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Before dumping $690,949.34 into the BD1 race supporting Kahllid Al-Alim, one would have thought that United Teachers Los Angeles would have done the basic research into their chosen candidate. Having failed to perform this due diligence they were forced to withdraw their endorsement of Al-Alim when a Twitter post was shared where the community organizer called for an anti-Semitic book to be “MANDATORY Reading in Community Schools…part of the BSAP (Black Student Achievement Plan).

What is not surprising is that the Charter School Industry easily found this information and was holding onto it until it would cause the most amount of damage. The publicly funded private schools showed in the past that they do not mind using anti-semitism if it helps their candidates when they released a widely-condemned flyer during the 2020 campaign against BD3 Board Member Scott Schmerelson. However, if it could help them gain power, then they could also be against such bigotry. It would not be their first flirtation with hypocrisy.

The fact that Micheal Trujillo, a strategist for the industry, suddenly released the information during the primary election instead of using it in the general election should have indicated where he thought the race stood. If charter school supporter Didi Watts was headed for a top-two finish, the information could have been used in November to sink her opponent. However, if it did not look like she would make the runoff it made more sense to release it immediately and improve her prospects.

The preliminary results from Tuesday’s election show why Trujillo dropped the damaging information early. As of 2:02 AM this morning, Watts is in fourth place and 2,896 votes behind Al-Alim. Sherlett Hendy Newbill, who also…



Carl J. Petersen

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