Judge rules for ‘parent trigger’ in Adelanto

The parent trigger movement has won a victory in the California desert. The Desert Trails Parents Union can move forward with plans to “transform” a low-performing elementary school, ruled Superior Court Judge Steven Malone. the Adelanto school board  “lacked authority to reject 97 signatures” on the parents petition, the judge ruled. Here’s the judge’s opinion.

Parents say they want to work with the district to create a “partnership school,”  rather than bringing in a charter school, though the board’s intransigence may make that impossible. With the new school year starting so soon, the “full transformation” will be delayed until 2013, said Gabe Rose, deputy direction of Parent Revolution.

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  1. Countdown until Caroline “Parents Across America” Grannan leaves a cynical comment about the outrage of giving parents more power . . . .

  2. Actually, the judge’s ruling disempowers parents with the “gotcha!” of refusing to allow them to rescind their signatures. It further disempowers them because Adelanto parents on both sides have said they don’t want their school to become a charter, but Parent Revolution says it’s immediately getting bids from charter operators.

    The judge’s ruling also appears to contradict language in the “Final Statement of Reasons” on the Parent Empowerment Act that states, “Nothing in these regulations precludes a parent/guardian from withdrawing his/her signature from a petition at any time,” according to the Victorville Daily Press, the local daily newspaper.

    Here’s my blog post on the ruling.


    • Yawn.

      The parents won and you lost so now, maybe, the kids can go to a decent school. God knows they didn’t have a prayer of going to a decent school with the district in charge and never would if you had anything to say about it.

  3. Eric Jablow says:

    Are judicial opinions usually so rife with typographical errors?

  4. Parent trigger decision is unsettling. While I sympathize with parents in struggling communities, it’s clear in this case that many parents were either misinformed or misled. And, this sort of case rarely rises organically. It is most often pushed by groups with a national agenda who have no clear appreciate or concern for the actual needs and desires of the community. Rule by public referenda is a risky proposition for all the reasons that the Founding Fathers established representative government.

    • Yeah, the poor, stupid parents. They should definitely defer to the experts who did a lousy job of educating the parents and are now doing a lousy job of educating the kids. What’s a twenty-five year old illterate know anyway?

      By the way, your insight into the intentions of the Founding Fathers and their cautions about the dangers of a representative form of governenace applies to the insitution of public education as much as it does to parental trigger.