In January 2019 Larchmont Charter School Supreme Commander Amy Dresser Held Wrote To LAUSD Board Member Icky Sticky Nicky Melvoin — And A Bunch Of His Most Seniorest Staffies — Allison Polhill Holdorff — Sarah Angel — Clayton Rosa — Expressing Solidarity In What She Called “Some Crazy Crazy Times” — The Craziness Being Anti-Charter Sentiment — And She Was All Like Do Not Be Bullied — She Actually Said Bullied — Which Demonstrates Her Utterly Characteristic Contempt For Democracy By The Way — Into Passing A Cap On LAUSD Charter Schools — It Is — Says Amy Dresser Held — “The First Step In Killing Charters” — So Even The Enemy Knows This Strategy Will Work! — And Nicky Wrote Back And Was All Like — Mmmm! You Are Right! Thank you Amy!! — Note That He Actually Did Use Two Exclamation Points!! — Cause That Is The Depth Of His Gratitude Towards Amy Dresser Held!!!

So you probably remember that one of the welcome outcomes of the courageous and world-shaking January 2019 strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District by the United Teachers of Los Angeles was a resolution to be considered by the school board on freezing the approval of new charter schools in Los angeles. This was considered and passed by the board on January 29, 2019, with pro-charter board member icky sticky Nicky Melvoin casting the lone vote against.1 This resolution, not really binding on anyone, is of course but one step in a journey whose ultimate goal is the elimination of charter schools in California.

And you may also recall that recently I obtained a huge, huge set of emails from the thermonuclearesque privatizers at the Larchmont Charter School.2 I used these the other day to write about how Amy Dresser Held, supreme Larchmontane shot-caller, used her publicly funded power and position to hook up some kid she knows privately with an internship with LAUSD in the sticky one’s office.

And today’s story has to do with an email that Held sent to Melvoin in the quasi-early morning of January 29, right before the fatal board meeting, expressing solidarity with whoever and saying a lot of fairly kooky stuff about how she was thinking of Nicky and these were crazy times and thanks Nicky for caring about kids and don’t be bullied into voting for this charter cap crap because to zillionaires political pressure to do what they don’t want equals bullying.

Most importantly, Held states in a remarkably self-contradictory sentence that a charter cap is “the first step in killing charters and there’s no good argument for it.” She is right, of course, that this is the first step in killing charters. Somehow3 she misses the point that this very fact is the good argument for it. And because of that tired nonsense about bread, butter, sides, and so on,4 El Ick-Stick got right back to Held with this little email here. Took him a mere 17 minutes to send this response.5 And he was really feeling it, yes indeed, thanked her profusely!

And because why waste a good email she didn’t just send this email to Nick M. but also to a bunch of his senior staffies, with a slightly different subject line and other minor mods. But their response was much more muted, and I won’t speculate on why that might be.6 Read on, friends, for transcriptions of the Held/Melvoin part of this exchange!

January 29, 2019 8:38 a.m. Held to Melvoin:

Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2019 08:38:42 -0800
Subject: Thank you for all you do and for protecting choice for kids and families.
From: Amy Held <amy.held@larchmontcharter.org>
To: “Melvoin, Nick” <Nick.Melvoin@lausd.net>

Hi Nick,
Thinking of you today – these are some crazy crazy times and I’m sure you are slammed. Let me know if there’s anything I (or my school community) can do to help. Thanks for being a champion for all kids. I hope and trust that the board won’t be bullied into this charter cap – it’s the first step in killing charters and there’s no good argument for it. LAUSD is nationally acclaimed by the Credo Institute for excellence in authorizing and oversight – there’s no good argument for this. Most importantly, too many kids don’t have access to an excellent school of any kind – until that problem is solved we can’t cut off choices to the families that need them the most. Thanks for all you do – please know how much it’s appreciated and let me know if there’s anything I can do (or my school community can do) to support.
Amy

Amy Held
Executive Director
Larchmont Charter School
444 N. Larchmont Blvd. #207
Los Angeles, CA 90004
323.380.7893
amy.held@larchmontcharter.org

The mission of Larchmont Charter School is to provide a socio-economically, culturally and racially diverse community of students with an exceptional public education.

With participation from our entire community, we strive to instill in each student a dedication to improving the world we inhabit.

January 29, 2019 8:55 a.m. Melvoin to Held:

From: “Melvoin, Nick” <Nick.Melvoin@LAUSD.NET>
To: Amy Held <amy.held@larchmontcharter.org>
Subject: Re: Thank you for all you do and for protecting choice for kids and families.
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2019 16:55:59 +0000

Thanks, Amy!! Yes, crazy times indeed. And I of course agree. Appreciate your support and grateful to be in this work with you and your team. We’ll get through this…

Sent from my iPhone

January 29, 2019 8:58 a.m. Held to Melvoin:

Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2019 08:58:09 -0800
Subject: Re: Thank you for all you do and for protecting choice for kids and families.
From: Amy Held <amy.held@larchmontcharter.org>
To: “Melvoin, Nick” <Nick.Melvoin@lausd.net>

Agreed!

Amy Held
Executive Director
Larchmont Charter School
444 N. Larchmont Blvd. #207
Los Angeles, CA 90004
323.380.7893
amy.held@larchmontcharter.org

The mission of Larchmont Charter School is to provide a socio-economically, culturally and racially diverse community of students with an exceptional public education.

With participation from our entire community, we strive to instill in each student a dedication to improving the world we inhabit.


Image of icky sticky Nicky Melvoin is ©2019 MichaelKohlhaas.Org and there is this Nicky also, friends.

  1. I’m sure you want to know why we call the fellow “icky sticky Nicky.” I’m here to tell you that you may think you want to know, but actually you do not want to know. Sadly, the only way to convince you that you do not want to know is to arrange for you to know, and then, no matter how hard you might wish for it, it will be impossible to unknow. Regardless of whether you agree, I am doing you a favor by keeping you from knowing. Pray that you’re never in a position to understand what I mean.
  2. Sadly not yet prepped for publication en masse, but I’m laying it on you in increments for right now, k?
  3. A sarcastic “somehow” of course.
  4. On which I’m going to refrain from elaborating for everyone’s sake.
  5. If you’re interested, for the sake of science even, why not send this Nick fellow an email right now at Nick.Melvoin@LAUSD.NET expressing some concerns about something and see how long it takes him to get back to you.
  6. Obviously I mean not in print! Wanna share speculations? Drop me a line at mike@michaelkohlhaas.org and we’ll drink some coffee and spill some tea!
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