2024 LAUSD Elections

Granada Hills Charter Will Try Again To Defeat Scott Schmerelson

The charter school’s testing coordinator, Dr. Janie Dam, declares her candidacy against the incumbent in LAUSD Board District 3.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
5 min readMar 27, 2023

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What does stricter regulation of charters actually accomplish?

– Dr. Janie Dam

When Granada Hills High School converted from an LAUSD public school to a privately operated charter school, it did so with the promise that the change would give parents more opportunities to engage with their children’s school. Accordingly, representatives elected by parents were included on its governing board.

Today that democratic representation is no longer present. There is only one Parent/Guardian Representative on the Governing Board and this member is selected by the members of that board. The person who is appointed must agree to “support the Charter School’s goals, mission, and vision.” Anyone who is critical of the school’s operations need not apply.

While Granada has eliminated democratic principles from its own governance, it has a history of trying to insert itself into the electoral process used to select representatives on the LAUSD School Board; a District that it decided to remove itself from. Upset that Board Member Scott Schmerelson dared to vote against their successful effort

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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