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.