#AnotherDayAnotherCharterScandal

This Charter School Must Be Held Accountable

As LACOE holds a hearing on revoking the North Valley Military Institute’s (NVMI) charter, it is clear that the action is long past due.

Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate
Published in
4 min readAug 1, 2023

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It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.

– Josiah Stamp

After years of looking the other way as the leadership of the North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) failed to follow the terms of its charter, the California Ed Code, or generally accepted accounting principles, the Los Angeles Office of Education (LACOE) is finally set to hold a hearing on revoking the school’s charter. Having long followed NVMI’s misdeeds, I sent the following email to the LACOE Board before their discussions:

Dear LACOE Board:

As a blogger who supports public education, I have covered the actions of the North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) since I caught them illegally charging their students to attend summer school in 2018. My reporting informed the Sun Valley High School/Valley Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (VOCES) community about the allegations of “abhorrent child sex abuse” committed by an NVMI administrator living with the school’s “Superintendent,” Mark Ryan. I am the one who gave voice to the VOCES community who said they were subjected to bullying, sexual misconduct, and harassment by the students and staff of NVMI. When the NVMI Board turned down the LAUSD’s PROP-39 offer without having an alternative location secured, I correctly pointed out that this would put the school on a path toward closure.

The materials provided by your staff supporting their recommendation for closure are impressive. They provide a solid case for shutting down this school and insight into how this failure was allowed to drag on for so long, hurting the charter school’s students as it remained open.

As noted in the staff’s narrative, “the Los Angeles County Board of Education (County Board) approved the charter for the renewal of NVMI against the Superintendent’s

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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