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'Parent Trigger' school reform survives in California

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Sean Higgins

From the Victorville (Calif.) Daily Press comes this news that a free market reform of public education has succeeded in California of all places:

The Adelanto School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of the Desert Trails Charter petition, promising a fresh start to the failing elementary school.

Desert Trails Elementary, which was deemed failing by the state, found itself at the center of the nation’s first successful effort to invoke the Parent Trigger law, allowing parents to gather signatures to force reform. But after the ASD Board of Trustees in March rejected the parent union’s initial petition, five parents filed a lawsuit against the district demanding they verify the petition and that the court recognize the educational rights of students at Desert Trails.

DTPU held an election in October, in which parents who signed the petition could vote on which charter school they wanted to see take over Desert Trails. Only 53 of the original 466 parent petitioners voted, and amongst those who did, the vast majority voted in favor of LaVerne Prep.

Although the board granted the charter petition, they wished to amend the agreement from a five-year contract down to three years.

Hat tip: The Daily Caller News Foundation.

 

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