#AnotherDayAnotherCharterScandal

José, Meet José

José Cole-Gutiérrez, the head of the LAUSD Charter School Division, ignores his own words while refusing to hold Citizens of the World charter school accountable.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
3 min readAug 26, 2021

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The Director of the LAUSD Charter School Division would have you believe that a community can encompass almost a hundred square miles and nine different zip codes. In an email sent to explain why his subordinates are not requiring the Citizens of the World East Valley franchise to obtain approval from the district before moving into a private facility in Valley Village, José Cole-Gutiérrez claims that the “authorized community CWC 4 [is] intended to serve” includes the area from Sun Valley to Sherman Oaks. Given the differences in the demographic and economic makeup of these many different areas, this seems to defy the dictionary definition of “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” It definitely does not conform to the definition Cole-Gutiérrez himself provided to the school board on June 20, 2020:

“We’ve defined ‘community’ as being a Community of Schools and…

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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