2024 Elections

Running From Her Charter School Support

Will the Charter School Industry support Laura Friedman again as she enters the race for the CA-30 seat currently held by Adam Schiff?

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
4 min readJan 30, 2023

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The seat was deemed important enough to The Parent Teacher Alliance, an independent expenditure committee supporting the California Charter Schools Association, that it spent more than $1.3 million on behalf of Friedman

- EdSource

Nick Melvoin received more competition this week as he seeks to replace Adam Schiff as the representative for California’s 30th Congressional District. Following Schiff’s announcement that he is running for the Senate seat held by Diane Feinstein, Laura Friedman, who currently serves in the California State Assembly, declared her candidacy. Four announced candidates are now in this race; Melvoin, Friedman, Josh Bocanegra, and Ben Savage.

Having stumbled upon Friedman’s announcement on Twitter, I took the opportunity to ask about her past ties to the Charter School Industry:

Instead of answering the question, Friedman responded with a redirection to the California Teachers Association’s scorecard. While voting with the Association 95% of the time and receiving an “A” rating are accomplishments worth noting, they do not necessarily tell the entire story. In the past few years, the California Charter School Association (CCSA) has been very successful at blocking or watering down bills designed to bring accountability to their schools while they were still in committee. The biggest gift to charter school operators, a two-year extension to all existing charters without any review by the authorizing agencies, was hidden by Gavin Newsom in a budget bill. This political maneuvering resulted in benefits to publicly funded private schools without legislators like Friedman ever having to take a vote that could be graded.

When I pointed out that she had not answered my question, Friedman sent the following Tweet:

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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