Fighting For Special Education

The CAC Purge

The LAUSD recommends removing leaders of the CAC who included a proposal to assist students with Special Education needs on its agenda.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
5 min readJun 20, 2023

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“The CAC Chairperson will ensure that students with exceptional needs remain at the center of planning, conversations, and support as CAC is responsible to students and families”

– LAUSD SELPA

CAC Chair, John “JP” Perron

When the leadership of the Community Advisory Committee voted to place a reading of the proposed “Improving Special Education Within the LAUSD” resolution on the agenda of its May meeting, it apparently crossed a line with the LAUSD’s bureaucrats. Claiming that this type of item was not in the purview of the committee, the District forced this item from the official agenda. However, the Chair of the Committee, John Perron, permitted it to be read into the record during public comment.

It now appears that the Office of Student, Family, and Community Engagement (SFaCE) has taken steps to ensure that this will not happen again by not including Perron on the list of members for the next school year. Before this can take effect, the list must be approved by the LAUSD Board of Education. Before their vote at the 1:00 meeting on June 20, 2023, I sent the following email to all of the board members:

Training and Education Officer Mio Murai

On Tuesday, you will vote on approving the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) memberships. I hope that before you register your vote you will take into account the following information:

During the 2022–23 school year, the CAC has taken significant steps forward:

  • Creating the CAC African-American Student Subcommittee as a standing subcommittee that will ensure critical issues can be addressed, including the overrepresentation of black students in school disciplinary actions.
  • The first Parent Ambassador training was conducted.

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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