Friday, March 30, 2012

California District Board Shoots Down Parent Trigger Effort

The Los Angeles Times (3/30, Watanabe) reports that the Mojave Desert, California, School Board "late Wednesday denied a petition by parents to overhaul their children's failing school, dealing a major blow to forces aiming to win the first reform under the state's pioneering parent trigger law. Adelanto school board members unanimously rejected the petition to turn Desert Trails Elementary into a charter campus, finding that it failed to win the support of parents representing at least half of the school's 642 students, as the law requires." However, "Petition supporters, who allege that opponents doctored documents to sink their campaign, said they would challenge the board decision in court."


In a subsequent article, the Los Angeles Times (3/30, Watanabe) reports that a day after the board rejected the parent trigger bid, "the embattled campus finally appeared calm even as supporters vowed to continue the fight. David Mobley, principal at Desert Trails Elementary in Adelanto, said Thursday that the school was free from weeks of conflict between supporters and opponents of the petition to hand over management to a charter operator under the state's landmark parent trigger law. ... But petition supporters reiterated their outrage and said they would challenge the school board action in court."

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