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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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Kids First? ChangeTheLAUSD.com. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (1 comments)     

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Kids First? The LAUSD School Board loosens the rule on fingerprinting school volunteers. Have they just set up the next child-abuse disaster?

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A Charter-School Pawn The charter industry hides behind children when it comes time to go through the renewal process for their publicly funded private schools.

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Where Do the LAUSD Board Members Stand? Elected to represent the students in the district's public schools, LAUSD's board members have been mostly silent as the strike date nears.

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Can the LAUSD Ensure Student Safety During a Strike? The District is encouraging parents to send their students to school if the teachers' union strikes. Will parents be sending their children into mayhem?

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Lowering Class Size: If Not Now, When? If current and past members of the Los Angeles School Board have called for lower class sizes, why are they battling their union on the issue?

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Trump's Wall Hits the Popular Vote Donald Trump's biggest failure may be his inability to recognize that a minority of Americans voted for his presidency.

Two of my daughters marching in support of their teachers on December 15 Sunday, December 23, 2018     

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As Strike Looms, Special Education Practices in Los Angeles Come Into Focus With Los Angles Unified School District leaders openly hostile towards the needs of students in special-education classes, can the union extract essential changes?

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KLCS Dismissed The television station owned by a school district fails at providing unbiased coverage of a public school-board meeting.

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The NRA Misses the Target with Their "Good Guy with a Gun" Strategy The tragic circumstances at the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting demonstrate the fatal flaw in the NRA's alternative to passing gun control.

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Dismantling Our Public Schools The California Charter School Association helped put a felon on the School Board of the country's second larges school district. Now the students are paying the price.

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George H.W. Bush Led a Different America We have not always been separated into Red and Blue America and there used to be a time when presidents represented all Americans.

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The Public School Widget Factory Success should not be measured by how well a school district fits square pegs into round holes.

Zoey and Morgan with their new friend. Tuesday, November 27, 2018     

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Universal Acceptance Theme parks like Universal Studios Hollywood are improving the experience of families who have children on the autism spectrum.

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Their Children Attend the Second-Largest School District. They Have No Representation. With the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) facing a period of impending chaos, including a possible teacher strike, every stakeholder deserves a voice.

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A City Councilman's Parting Gift It has been over a month since Los Angeles City Council Member Mitch Englander announced that he was leaving office and a special election has still not been called.

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Second Largest School District Increases Salary Offer, Teachers Hold Out for Students The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has nearly met the union's salary demands but still wants to keep the option of balancing budgets with larger class sizes.

The White House Tuesday, November 13, 2018     

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A House Strategy for Retaking the White House The Blue Wave has crested and left Democrats with control of the House. Can they use this win to dislodge Trump from the White House in 2020?

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Supporting Parents and Students The Northridge East Neighborhood Council adopts two resolutions that call for changes to make the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) a student-centered school district.

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Tony Thurmond Feels The Heat Candidate for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction has learned that money, or morals, are no object to the Charter School Industry.

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Are These California Values? David Brayton promoted violence and hatred against a former president, Muslims, Jews and the press. Congressman Steve Knight (CA25) put him in an ad.

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