FIGHTING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

Purge Interrupted

The LAUSD Board pulls approval of the disputed CAC roster from its agenda. Will the district use this delay to fix a broken system?

Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate
Published in
5 min readJun 29, 2023

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The CAC shall consist of members who are selected by their peers and then formally appointed annually by the LAUSD Board of Education.

– LAUSD SELPA

Historically, the membership approval of the Community Advisory Committee is a formality. The LAUSD bureaucrats submit their list and the LAUSD Board rubber stamps it. While the selections may not be perfect, there is usually not enough controversy to even take the matter off of the consent calendar for further discussion.

This year, the District staff at the Office of Student, Family, and Community Engagement (SFACE) and the Special Education Division went too far in exercising their power over the process. Instead of using a scalpel to remove members they considered troublesome, the bureaucrats took a sledgehammer to the roster and rejected almost every member who was up for reelection, including members of the leadership team.

In response to this purge, the current Chair of the committee, John Perron (JP), with the backing of many of its members requested that approval of the roster proposed by District staffers be pulled from the agenda for the June 20, 2023, Board meeting noting:

There has been a near-total purge of Committee leadership, including that of one critical subcommittee, by the selection committee which is heavily weighted with staffers whose fiduciary duties are influenced by their status as District employees. The application rating scores do not reflect the accomplishments of the CAC, its current leadership, or the individuals — all volunteers — who have been tossed out.

If the committee’s work has been worthy of merit, then this work is not being respected. The many contributions made over the 2022–23 school year, some of which resulted in ‘first of its kind actions, including the creation of two videos in collaboration with KLCS, and giving presentations on the CAC Parent Ambassador program to parent and District employee groups, are not reflected in the list of proposed members that was provided to the Board.

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Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com