Supporting Special Education

Proposed Resolution Gains Support

The community weighs in on why the “Improving Special Education Within The LAUSD” resolution should be adopted. Have you added your voice?

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
3 min readJan 13, 2023

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Resolved, that the District will allow parents to decide how the ‘maximum extent appropriate’ applies to their child. District staff can advocate positions counter to the parent’s wishes during the IEP process but cannot force them into compliance

- Proposed LAUSD Resolution

Far too many families who need access to Special Education services often feel that they have an adversarial relationship with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Instead of partnering with parents, the district’s vast bureaucracy pushes its own agenda, leaving a lingering stench of frustration. The students who should be at the center of every decision that is made are instead going without the services that they need.

In an effort to fix this broken system, I have proposed the passage of the “Improving Special Education Within The LAUSD” resolution. This proposal is a result of my experiences shepherding my two daughters who are on the autism spectrum through the bureaucracy as well as my conversations with parents throughout the district who are angry, frustrated, and tired. It provides a foundation through which meaningful change can be made to how Special Education services are provided.

From the LAUSD Brochure: Are You Puzzled?

Last month, the Northridge East Neighborhood Council passed a motion asking the Los Angeles City Council to support the passage of the proposed resolution. This shows community support that I hope will be repeated by other neighborhood councils throughout the city.

This week, LAUSD parent Ingrid C. Levy provided the following comment to the LAUSD special education committee:

My name is Ingrid Levy and I am the parent of two LAUSD students, one of whom has an IEP and requires many Special Education services in order to access his education. I am also a parent…

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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