2024 LAUSD Election

Another Candidate Declares In School Board Race

Elizabeth Badger, who proved herself to be unqualified for public office in the 2020 election, is running again to replace Scott Schmerelson.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
4 min readJul 27, 2023

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You know, businesses are people.

– Elizabeth Badger

Elizabeth Badger

Elizabeth Badger is a perennial candidate who in addition to running for a seat on the LAUSD School Board in 2015 and 2020 has also sought positions in the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council. This week she filed with the Los Angeles City Ethics Department for a second rematch against incumbent LAUSD Board member Scott Schmerelson.

Prior to the 2020 race, I considered Badger to be a friend. We had gotten to know each other when we were both candidates in 2015 running against the incumbent, Tamar Galatzan. After Schmerelson secured second place in the primary we both supported him in the runoff.

During lengthy conversations in the years after Schmerelson won his seat, Badger and I discussed our shared frustrations about his lack of progress on issues that were important to us, particularly in advocating for Special Education. As the next election drew closer, the talk turned to possibly running against him. In the end, I decided that this would open up a pathway for a candidate supporting the charter school industry and did not run. Badger filed to appear on the ballot.

When Badger returned the questionnaire that I had given to all three candidates in the 2020 race, it was apparent to me that she had not used the previous five years to immerse herself in LAUSD issues. While her answers indicated that she held positions that were supportive of public education, she did not provide very many details about how she would provide solutions. Two of her five answers were nothing more than “absolutely.”

In an interview with Nick Melvoin’s Speak Up, Badger’s willful ignorance was on full display as she made the accusation that:

In July only, when the new term started, [Schmerelson] voted himself to be the chair of the special needs committee so that he can tout [that.] Nobody’s

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

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