L.A. Parents Pull the Trigger on School Choice
by Kyle Olson
The parents of students at McKinley Elementary School in Compton, California have risen up and taken control of their children’s education.
The parents are making use of a new California law, called the Parent Trigger, which gives them the power to impose sweeping changes on failing schools.
For the Parent Trigger law to be invoked, a school must fail to meet federal academic standards for three consecutive years; have a score …
Under this law, if the majority of a school’s parents agree, they can choose to close down the school, replace the entire staff, or convert it to a charter school. All that is required is a petition signed by 50 percent of the parents.
I do not know how this law got past the CTA’s protectors in the CA legislature, but Gov. Schwarzenegger signed this into law abour 11 months ago!