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Providing Special Education Is Not Optional

NVMI’s management announces new plans for next year and says that they may ignore IEPs and may not offer classes for those with severe needs.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
5 min readApr 6, 2023

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If we have enough students enroll to make these [special day program] classes viable, NVMI will certainly offer them.

– North Valley Military Institute

Mark Ryan, the North Valley Military Institute’s (NVMI) “Superintendent,” is the Ralph Kramden of charter school operators, bouncing between schemes to keep the failing school afloat. Earlier this year he was floating a grand plan to move the school to the flood control basin in the Sepulveda Pass, claiming that all he needed was an executive order from the President of the United States to make it happen. He even traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby for the plan, even though he previously claimed to already have the support of the area’s entire Congressional delegation.

Apparently, Mr. Ryan’s trip to Washington was a sobering experience as his tune has changed considerably. Instead of just needing an executive order to be issued, Ryan has now conceded that converting the school from a charter to a Department of Defense Education Academy will be “a lengthy process involving the need for Congress to pass at least two different laws and the President of the US to sign them.” Instead of being ready to move forward in the next school year, the plan “will take one or more years to occur.

With the school hemorrhaging cash due to transportation costs, Ryan has presented another plan to the school community. In this latest scheme, NVMI will abandon the Valley Oaks Center For Enriched Studies (VOCES) campus that it hijacked using PROP-39 and move the students to the campus of Los Angeles Mission College. The school may also close down its middle school operations or move to a private site, freeing Mount Gleason Middle School of its co-location troubles.

While Ryan is presenting his plan as one that will take place for the next school year, it seems unlikely that he will…

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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