LAUSD 2024 Elections

School District Race Is Starting To Get Crowded

Principal Richard Ramos is the third candidate challenging incumbent Scott Schmerelson in next year’s LAUSD election for the Valley’s BD3 seat.

Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate
Published in
5 min readJul 15, 2023

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“My experience separates me from others who are running for Board District 3 and makes me hopeful that we can be the country’s premier district together through building consensus and making strategic decisions”

– Richard Ramos

With a majority on the LAUSD School Board of just one vote, supporters of public education have no room for error in next year’s elections. They currently hold three of the four odd-numbered board districts that will be on the ballot next year and losing any of them without defeating Tanya Ortiz Franklin will hand control of the Board back to the charter school industry.

As election day gets closer, most of the attention, and money, will probably be focused on Board District 5, which will be an open seat with incumbent Jackie Goldberg’s retirement. However, there should be room for some fireworks in the other races, especially since supporters of the charter school industry are expected to dump millions of dollars in the races to defeat anyone who has not given total support to these publicly funded private schools.

It was not a surprise when the first candidate to challenge Board District 3’s Scott Schmerelson was revealed to be an employee of Granada Hills Charter School. Following in the footsteps of Marilyn Koziatek, Testing Coordinator Dr. Janie Dam, represents another attempt by the charter school to punish Schmerelson for being the only vote to deny their request to expand the charter school to grades T.K. through 12. Deviation from total support will not be tolerated.

Dr. Dam will not be the only privatization candidate vying for a place on the ballot since Dan Chang, a founder of Great Public Schools Los Angeles and a charter school industry supporter, has also filed with the LA City Ethics Commission. In past elections, Chang directed at…

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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