Parent advocate Carl J. Petersen writes that the election for the Los Angeles Unified School District school board is already flooded with charter school lies.

Scott Schmerelson, a veteran educator, is up for re-election. His challenger is supported by the charter school industry.

The wealthy charter industry is eager to win Schmerelson’s seat for one of their allies. Their first big mailer contained an egregious smear and lie.

As part of their antisemitic campaign against LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson, the charter school industry pushed a narrative that he had “tripled his own pay.” As pointed out during the primary, this was a complete lie advanced by the California Charter School Association (CCSA). While school board members did receive a massive increase from $45,637 to $125,000 per year, they had nothing to do with the raise. These salaries are set by “the independent LAUSD Board of Education Compensation Review Committee, [which is] comprised of members appointed by local leaders.” None of the members of this committee are appointed by the members of the LAUSD School Board.

This repeated fact-checking did not stop the CCSA from repeating the lie in the first flyer mailed to voters as part of the general election. In big red letters, this mailing states that Schmerelson “TRIPLED HIS OWN PAY…” It is the lie that will not die.

No, Schmerelson did NOT “triple his own pay.” No, he did not vote to increase his own salary. It is a bald-faced lie. The charter industry knows it, but they are desperate to defeat a highly qualified board member.