2022 LAUSD Elections

The Charter School Industry Loses Control Of School Board

Despite spending millions on LAUSD elections, supporters of charter schools no longer have the votes to prevent oversight of these schools.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
4 min readDec 2, 2022

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My goal is to drive the public school systems to once and for all address the core needs of our children and their families that will have a direct effect on their learning and lifelong purpose.

- Dr. Rocio Rivas

Since 2015, the charter school industry and its supporters have spent over $29.6 million influencing LAUSD school board elections. This has resulted in a board that has let these publicly funded private schools propagate through the district without any meaningful oversight, which has endangered the health and safety of children and wasted taxpayer funds. It has also oversaturated neighborhoods with schools at a time when overall enrollment is declining due to demographic shifts.

During this time period, board members supporting public education have never held a clear majority, although in some years they were able to put together a coalition with Dr. Richard Vladovic, who was elected with the support of both the charter school industry and the teachers’ union. Parents of children who attend LAUSD public schools have found their concerns ignored as the board’s majority concerned themselves with protecting charter schools over improving the schools they were supposed to be protecting. Board members blatantly ignored parents during public comment and the Parent Engagement and Special Education Committees were prevented from meeting during the COVID-19 crisis.

With most of the votes from the November 8th election now counted, it is clear that Dr. Rocio Rivas will replace Monica Garcia on the board. This not only gives public education supporters a clear majority but will also be the first time since Tamar Galazan’s defeat in 2015 that a sitting board member will have a child enrolled in LAUSD public schools. This is a victory for parents throughout the district.

Dr. Rivas won the Board District 2 seat by 5,232 votes despite being vastly outspent by supporters of Maria Brenes. Rivas’ supporters spent $2,160,060 for a cost per vote of…

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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