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Parent Trigger Law

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A 2010 California law called "Parent Trigger" gives a community the ability to seize control of a failing school. "Parent Trigger" is a California state law that allows parents to force reform at failing schools if over 50 percent sign a "trigger" petition.

The latest fight is occurring at Desert Trails Elementary in Adelanto, where parents overwhelmingly signed a petition to pull the trigger on their failing elementary school, effectively removing the current administration.

This threat to the status quo has brought on the wrath of teachers and their statewide union, the California Teachers Association.

An attorney for the Adelanto parents say fraud and forgery at the hands of the California Teachers Union resulted in some parents taking back their signatures prompted by what parents say were coercive fear tactics.

And now, the district's board has rejected the parent trigger petition, but the parents, undaunted, are suing the district. It should never have come down to this.

For its part, the CTA says the accusations are baseless, and they point the finger back at parent trigger.

Ultimately, months of hard work is leaving parents frustrated, because the future of their children's school, which is squarely in the bottom ten percent of the state, is not looking hopeful.

And this fact remains: the CTA members, the teachers at the school, the administrators, they've all had their chance to turn this school around.

Now, they should just stay out of it and let the parents decide what's best for their children and let parent trigger work.

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