California’s parent-trigger law lets a majority of parents at a chronically low-performing school petition for change in management, including conversion to a charter school. But parents are finding it hard to use the law, writes Ben Boychuk in Locking the Parent Trigger in City Journal.
A judge invalidated the petition by McKinley school parents in Compton on a technicality; there was no date box.
Parents had wanted Celerity, which operates several local charters, to take over McKinley. Instead Celerity will open a new charter elementary in a church a few blocks away. Los County Office of Education officials approved the new Celerity Sirius campus. The church building is big enough for 220 students; McKinley now enrolls 426. It will be fascinating to see how many children enroll in the new charter and how they do.
Celerity runs high-performing charter schools, according to Andrew Coulson’s analysis. The three Celerity schools open long enough to generate test data all rank among the top 10 percent for schools with similar populations of low-income Hispanic and black students, notes the LA Times in a profile of Celerity founder Vielka McFarlane, a Panamanian immigrant.