Pulling the trigger on bad schools

The parent trigger has misfired again in California’s Mojave Desert. The Adelanto school board once again rejected a parent trigger petition, saying it fell two votes short of a majority, reports AP. The parents union wants to create a “partnership school” run by administrators, teachers and parents.

The district dismissed signatures of parents whose children who had left Desert Trails Elementary School since January, parents who rescinded their signatures in writing and by phone, parents who were not legal guardians or who had no comparison signature on file at the school.

Parents and their supporters said they disputed a number of those invalidations, especially after they found evidence of forgery on six signature withdrawal forms after the petition was turned in the first time in January. That evidence has been turned over to the San Bernardino County District Attorney.

Parent union organizer Doreen Diaz said she was outraged that the district continued to count about 64 rescissions after a random sampling revealed fraud. The district only discounted the six where proof appeared conclusive.

The parents group will take the district to court.

Hopes and Fears for Parent Trigger Laws is a subject for debate at the New York Times.

Don’t condescend to parents, writes RiShawn Biddle, a fan of parent trigger laws.