SILENCING PARENTS

What Is The Status Of Parent Engagement In Los Angeles?

The block of board members elected with the financial support of the charter school industry is battling back against reinstating the Parent Engagement Committee.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
4 min readMar 21, 2021

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I move that we continue suspended committees.

- LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia

While parents in Los Angeles scored a big victory last week with the resurrection of the Special Education Committee, the future of the Parent Engagement Committee is less certain. According to a source within the district, an agreement was secured to allow Board Member Scott Schmerelson to resume chairing meetings of these two committees on alternating months. This seemed to be confirmed when a Special Education Committee meeting was placed on the board’s calendar last week. However, after reviewing the video from last Tuesday’s board meeting, it appears that the resumption of the Parent Engagement Committee is now less certain.

During the meeting, Board President Kelly Gonez confirmed that she had the intention of allowing “the chairs of the previous committees to resume their committees maybe until the start of the next school year.” Later she reiterated that she wanted to allow all committees to restart this spring, “at the discretion of chairs.” However, this was opposed by her allies on the board, led by Monica Garcia.

Monica Garcia celebrates after hearing Eduspeak

Garcia’s arguments for maintaining the suspension of the committees centered on temporary conditions like staff needing to spend time focusing on the reopening of campuses and the board’s ongoing effort to set goals. She conveniently skipped over the fact that she has long opposed the convening of committees. During Garcia’s past terms as board president, she also refused to seat committees. Interacting with the public is not necessary when one is relying on money from the charter school…

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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