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Carl Petersen is a parent, an advocate for students with special education needs, an elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council, a member of the LAUSD's CAC, and was a Green Party candidate in LAUSD's District 2 School Board race. During the campaign, the Network for Public Education (NPE) Action endorsed him, and Dr. Diane Ravitch called him a "strong supporter of public schools." For links to his blogs, please visit www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com. Opinions are his own.

Carl Petersen is a father of five, including two daughters who are on the autism spectrum. His involvement in education issues began when the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) refused to provide services that his daughters' teachers agreed they needed. It was then that his family was forced to sue the District.

At the end of two days of mediation at the District's headquarters, he turned to his wife, Nicole, and said: "somebody has to change this." His wife replied, "What about you?" He accepted the challenge and has run twice for a position on the LAUSD School Board. His platforms included advocacy for special education issues and strong support for public education. In his last election he was endorsed by Americans for Democratic Action Southern California, SFV/NELA Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and Network for Public Education (NPE) Action, a group co-founded by Dr. Diane Ravitch.

When Carl is not working or engaging in activism, he enjoys hanging out at theme parks with his family. He took his oldest daughter to Woodstock '94 when she was two and used to play in several local bands. If he is at his home in Northridge, California, there is a dog at his feet and he is probably writing one of his blogs which have been published in OpEdNews, Medium, Patch, and K-12 News Network.


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Suzette Martinez Valladares, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 14, 2021
California Assemblywoman Traffics In Trump's Big Lie California's 38th Assembly District representative Suzette Martinez Valladares promotes the falsehood that recent elections were fraudulently conducted.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 9, 2021
Losing Sight Of The Needs Of Children And Their Families Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member Nick Melvoin was the voice for those who wanted to open school campuses prematurely. When will he start putting "kids first?"
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Jose', Meet Jose' Jose' Cole-Gutie'rrez, the head of the LAUSD Charter School Division, ignores his own words while refusing to hold a charter school accountable.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 4, 2021
Selling Her Political Soul For Charter Schools Former California State Senate majority leader Gloria Romero ignores Larry Elder's documented misogyny in endorsing his candidacy in the Republican's attempt to recall Gavin Newsom. .
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 29, 2021
Is School Voucher System In Los Angeles A Done Deal? The elected school board has not voted to implement the Student-Centered Funding scheme, but the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) website says it is beginning in 2022. .
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Is School Board President Facing Problems Getting Reelected? Early in the 2022 race, Kelly Gonez has spent a lot of money on campaign consultants. Is she trying to shore up support or bury the competition? .
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A School District Takes A Bold First Step To take on the threat posed by the Delta Variant, the LAUSD will require their staff, but not students, to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Vote "No" on the Recall and Then Vote for Newsom's Potential Replacement Not filling out the second part of the ballot clears the way for Trump's Republican Party to take over if the recall effort is successful. .
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A Charter School's Attack On The First Amendment Instead of listening to the concerns of the community at Shirley Avenue Elementary School, Citizens of the World attempts to silence them.
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Due Diligence? LAUSD oversight is so lax that a proposed charter school thought that it could get away with hiring an accused felon as Executive Director. .
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COVID Roulette Six Flags Magic Mountain has a lot to lose if the country is forced back into lockdowns. Why aren't they doing more to prevent this?
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Reseda Neighborhood Council asks City for Help With the LAUSD unwilling to help Shirley Avenue Elementary School an appeal is made to the City of LA to stop an "inequitable colocation." .
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A Charter School's Bait and Switch Citizens of the World set to open in a different neighborhood than the one described in its charter threatening Colfax Charter Elementary School.
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Los Angeles Sheriff Refuses To Do His Job Endangering plans to open Los Angeles schools, rogue sheriff Alex Villanueva announces that he will not enforce the new mask mandate.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 18, 2021
The Charter School Industry Buys Itself A Governor Supporters of privatizing education are already reaping the rewards of financing the campaign against the Republican recall of Gavin Newsom.
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LAUSD School Board Member To Seek Reelection Months after the filing window opened, Nick Melvoin files to keep Los Angeles Board District 4's seat in the hands of the charter school industry.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 12, 2021
The Door Hits Los Angeles School Superintendent On The Way Out While Austin Beutner's leadership of the LAUSD during the COVID-19 pandemic should be praised, his missteps should not be forgotten.
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A Case Study In White Savior Complex Citizens of the World Charter Schools' mission to celebrate diversity ended up hurting the BIPOC communities they sought to help. .
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An Athletic School Without a Gym How will the Girls Athletic Leadership (charter) School (GALS) serve student-athletes without having the necessary facilities?
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Still Fighting For Their Public School Having been abandoned by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the Shirley Avenue Elementary School community confronts their invaders directly.

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