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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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       Wednesday, September 11, 2019
State of Denial: How Do Charter Schools Meet the Needs of Students with Special Education Needs The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board is presented with a report detailing the discrepancies in enrollment of children with special education needs between charter and public schools.
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       Sunday, September 8, 2019
Hurricane Trump It is bad enough that Trump is a pathological liar. Even worse is the fact that he is really bad at it.
Mike Trujillo, From InText

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       Saturday, September 7, 2019
Don't Believe the Sacramento Charter School Compromise is a Bad Deal? A charter-school proponent does not even wait for the final vote on a charter-reform bill to declare victory for these publicly funded private schools.
Alex Johnson, From InText

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       Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Watered Down Charter School Reform Bill Falls Short A compromise brokered by California Governor Newsom will allow unelected county officials to continue overturning decisions by local school boards.
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       Sunday, September 1, 2019
Neighborhood Council Reiterates Support For School Board Resolution The "Board Meeting Accessibility to the Public" proposal would move start times of LAUSD Board meetings so that more parents could attend.
The Bread Line Sculpture by George Segal, From FlickrPhotos

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       Sunday, August 25, 2019
Beating Trump to the Payroll Tax Punch As recession fears threaten Trump's reelection, he signals another tax cut. Democrats should go first and bring fair relief to the working class.
Antonio Villaraigosa and Melvoin, From InText

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       Sunday, August 25, 2019
A School Board Member Proceeds With His Plan to Give Away School Facilities The "School Performance Framework" was supposed to give parents more data. Instead, it manipulates information so charter schools can more easily take classrooms from LAUSD students.
The stage is set for the State of Schools address, From InText

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       Wednesday, August 21, 2019
State of Our Schools: Rudderless The Superintendent for the country's second largest school district fails to set a vision for the future as he sets the tone for the upcoming school year.
March For Our Lives, NYC, From FlickrPhotos

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       Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Guns Don't Kill People: Bullets Do If the Second Amendment will not allow for common-sense gun control, let's turn guns into paperweights.
Medicare for All Rally, From FlickrPhotos

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       Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Democratic Middle Already Lost to Trump Once. Do We Really Want This to Happen Again? The moderate presidential candidates use Republican talking points in an attempt to kill a progressive policy popular with the majority of Americans.
Nick Melvoin Pretends to Teach, From InText

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       Friday, August 9, 2019
Charter Schools Vs. Public School Students When the Los Angeles Unified School District tried to improve accessibility to school buildings for children with Special Education needs, they were sued by the California Charters School Association. A school board member helped them with that suit.
Antonio Villaraigosa and Melvoin, From InText

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       Monday, August 5, 2019
A School-Board Member Betrays the Public Trust It appears that there was a mole in the boardroom as the Los Angeles Unified School District defended itself against a lawsuit from the charter-school industry.
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       Saturday, August 3, 2019
First They Came For The Immigrants. Then They Dropped The Pretense. If Trump's actions against immigrants are about the rule of law and not bigotry, then why are citizens being deprived of their constitutional rights?
Campaign mailer produced by I LOVE LA, From InText

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       Wednesday, July 31, 2019
A City Council Candidate's Assault on Truth, Justice and the American Way As election date approaches, John Lee, Mitch Englander's former Chief of Staff, gets more desperate as he tries to take his former boss' job.
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       Saturday, July 27, 2019
Who Elected the California Charter School Association? Newly released documents confirm what has long been speculated: the charter school industry is running the office of Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Nick Melvoin.
John Lee, From InText

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       Thursday, July 25, 2019
Does This City Council Candidate Stand for Anything Besides His Desire to be Elected? John Lee seeks to replace his former bosses in city government with a campaign punctuated by pandering and strange accusations.
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       Monday, July 22, 2019
The Country's Largest Charter School Expands into a Construction Zone Was the Los Angeles Unified School District Board aware that Granada Hills Charter High School would raze its satellite campus just prior to its first year of expansion?
The LAUSD budgeted $15,920,300 to renovate facilities for charter schools in 2019, From InText

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       Friday, July 19, 2019
Once Again Public School Students Are Left Holding The Bag One charter school cancels its plans to open while another has its records seized by the feds. Both schools have drained badly needed funds from LAUSD students.
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       Sunday, July 14, 2019
A City Council Candidate Peddles Fear John Lee hands out the pitchforks in an attempt to turn the tide against the opponent who beat him in the primary. Will common sense prevail?
The new Ballot Marking Device, From InText

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       Friday, July 12, 2019
The Campaign Finance Problem is About to Get Worse Los Angeles County will make drastic changes to the way people vote in 2020. One of them will greatly benefit candidates who are flush with cash.

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