#AnotherDayAnotherCharterScandal

Petulant Charter School

Having missed the deadline to fix the numerous violations cited by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, NVMI attacks its regulators.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
4 min readAug 6, 2023

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“When you have the facts on your side, pound the facts, when you have the law on your side, pound the law, and when you have neither, pound the table.”

The staff at the Los Angeles Office of Education (LACOE) has been in a position before where they have recommended action against the North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) only to have the unelected representatives on the Board ignore their decisions. They, therefore, know that they have to be meticulous in their findings in making the current recommendation to revoke the school’s charter. The result is a wide-ranging indictment of incompetence and wrongdoing that will be considered at a meeting on Tuesday, August 8. The final vote to revoke is scheduled to be taken a week later.

Instead of admitting their errors and pleading for forgiveness, the school’s “Superintendent,” Mark Ryan is attacking the regulatory actions of both the LACOE staff and the Board as “illegal and immoral.” Ryan has manipulated the system for so long that he has forgotten that he agreed to be regulated by the agency when he asked them to overturn the LAUSD’s decision to reject NVMI’s charter renewal.

Before the NVMI Board’s meeting on August 6, 2023, I sent them the following letter begging them to put the interests of the students first:

Dear NVMI Board of Trustees:

In the military, discipline is essential as when rules are not observed precisely, armies are “incapable of uniting for a collaborative defense [and are] eager only for plundering and chaos.” This tenet applies to officers and soldiers; “all must equally obey those who have a superior rank, and to whom they are subordinate for the service.

As a charter school that claims to use the military as its model, NVMI expects its students to submit to its authority and has even argued with its authorizers that it had the right to violate the

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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