VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY

Exterminating Special Education

Guest columnist Vicky Maronyan writes about her battles with the LAUSD to get the programs that would help her child meet her full potential.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
7 min readJul 13, 2022

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“I knocked on doors and met with district officials and made sure that my daughter’s needs were on their radars; they became very familiar with my name, my face, and, most importantly, my voice.”

- Vicky Maronyan

The LAUSD is a huge bureaucracy where the needs of an individual student are often lost. This is especially true if the child has special educational needs and requires an individualized plan to meet their full potential. These plans perplex the Beaudry Bureaucrats who prefer standardization and despise anything that will add costs to the budget.

Vicky Maronyan is a tenacious parent who has fought the system on behalf of her daughter, who is on the autism spectrum. Unfortunately, for every victory that she achieves on behalf of her child a new obstacle is put in her way. The following is her story in her own words:

I was asked to start at the beginning, but that’s a long story. There is much to say about the inexcusable changes occurring to Special Education in LAUSD. A lot of parents of children with special needs in the LAUSD education system have similar stories. They are filled with disappointments and the feeling that the district does not care about your child.

With the ambitious plan put in place by the new Superintendent, Alberto M. Carvalho, the feeling that students with Special Needs are at most, an afterthought, is now a reality for many parents. I am one of those parents.

My child has been in the Autism Core program since the third grade. The challenges in previous years of mixed special education classes that finally brought us to Aut Core were bad. Autism Core has been a bright light in the dark and confusing wormhole of Special Education. With the relief of finding the right fit in Aut Core for my child, and watching her and, her classmates alike thrive…

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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