Judge: Count ‘parent trigger’ signatures

Signatures on a “parent trigger” petition must be counted, ruled Judge Anthony J. Mohr, saying Compton school district violated parents’ rights by “imposing an onerous signature verification process.”

In the first use of California’s parent trigger law, a majority of McKinley Elementary School parents petitioned to turn control of the low-performing school to a charter operator, Celerity.

Mohr said the verification process that the district had demanded, including presenting a photo ID and a personal interview with administrators, violated parents’ first amendment right to petition their government.

Mohr suggested the signatures be counted by a neutral party, such as the League of Women Voters, but the district rejected that recommendation.

The state board of education is expediting the law, allaying proponents’ fears that the new board, with fewer charter school advocates, would undercut parents’ rights.

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  1. CarolineSF says:

    The McKinley “parent trigger” petition was initiated by and on behalf of charter operators, not by and on behalf of parents.


  2. Which is irrelevant but proponents of the squalid status quo, to which those parents are required to serve up their children, absolutely did sign the petition which is what the law requires.

  3. CarolineSF says:

    Sure. I was just correcting the inaccurate statement in the original post that the “parents petitioned.”

  4. Maybe you’re on the Compton school board then and you’d rather see the kids in the gawdawful schools your ineptitude and indifference created then in schools their mommies and daddies prefer.

    I mean really, who cares about the damned kids? There’s mobs of ’em and there’ll be mobs next year. What matters is the dollar bills that follow in their wake.

    And correcting inaccurate statements.

  5. Michael E. Lopez says:


    It’s a rather silly distinction, don’t you think? If that’s how we’re going to approach petitions, then “the people” almost never petition anyone for anything.

    Recall elections in Wisconsin? California ballot propositions? All the work of small, insular groups who merely collect signatures from people who aren’t really part of the process.

    Color me naive, but I’ve always thought of petitions as “by” and “for” the people who sign them, who commit themselves politically to a public position.

  6. By Caroline’s standards, the “people” didn’t elect Obama — the campaign was “initiated by and for” Obama himself, and a lot of rich donors put them up to it.