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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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Jackie Goldberg from her official Facebook page, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 27, 2023
Jackie Goldberg Named LAUSD Board President The Los Angeles School Board finally selects the member with the most legislative experience to lead it through what can be a year of change.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Who Will Step In To Help These Students? With allegations of harboring a bullying culture and enabling sexual misconduct, will anyone hold the North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) charter school accountable?
From the LAUSD Brochure: Are You Puzzled?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 21, 2023
Proposed Resolution Gains Support The community weighs in on why the "Improving Special Education Within The LAUSD" resolution should be adopted. Have you added your voice?
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 19, 2023
So Much For "Kids First" Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member Nick Melvoin is ready to abandon the students he swore to represent just a few weeks after starting his second term.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 16, 2023
Where was Mike Garcia? Republican Congressman skips a ceremony by his fellow representatives to acknowledge the sacrifice of law enforcement on January 6th.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Compromising the Safety of Public School Students To comply with PROP-39, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) allows privately run charter schools to operate on its campuses without adequate controls to protect kids.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 9, 2023
One Step Forward, 2022 Steps Back Two years after voters booted Trump from the White House, the negative effects of his presidency are still reverberating through our lives.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 7, 2023
Two-For-One Election Special As Angelenos head to the polls to replace yet another disgraced member of the City Council, it is clear that ranked-choice voting is needed.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 2, 2023
2022 LAUSD Report Card: Failing but Looking Forward to Improvement Looking back on a year full of lost opportunities for community engagement while looking towards the positive changes that 2023 should bring.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 26, 2022
Parents Urge the School District to do Better Two parents gave public comments to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Board that provided a road map for how the new board can improve the district for its students.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Improving Special Education Within the LAUSD A proposed resolution is being circulated to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board that would refocus the district's SpEd policies to make them student-centered.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Winds Of Change Blow Into LAUSD Board Room Dr. Rocio Rivas takes her oath of office, capping a years-long fight to represent public school parents on the Los Angeles School Board.
Nicolle Fefferman and LAUSD Board Member Dr. Rocio Rivas, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Looking For Light At The End Of The Tunnel Nicolle Fefferman has taken a leave from her role as an Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teacher to recover from burnout and reflects on the status of public education.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 16, 2022
Entitled Career Politicians Members of the Los Angeles City Council have engaged in racism, violence, and corruption. Should one telling citizens "F*ck You" on the way out surprise anyone?
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 11, 2022
Selling His Soul For $16,800 Consideration of a consulting agreement with former LAUSD School Board Member David Tokofsky appeared on the agenda for a meeting of the North Valley Military Institute's Board of Trustees.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 10, 2022
Keep Kitty Litter Out Of Classrooms When the GOP expressed outrage over children pooping like cats in the classroom were they just trying to win votes or will they work to pass gun control?
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 7, 2022
An American Mouseketeer In Disneyland Paris My family and I have celebrated many life events at the domestic Disney parks. What was it like to visit Mickey's European outpost?
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 5, 2022
The Charter School Industry Loses Control of School Board Despite spending millions on Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) elections, supporters of charter schools no longer have the votes to prevent oversight of these schools.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Things I Wish I Knew Before My First IEP Meeting Advocating for your child with Special Education needs can be intimidating and knowing how the system works will make you better prepared. These are things I wish I had known before my first IEP meeting.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 27, 2022
London Calling: Nightwish at Wembley Arena After a wait of almost three years, I finally got to see Nightwish take the stage at Wembley Arena in London. It was a night worth waiting for.

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