'Parent Trigger' School Faces Challenge to Deliver
School created by 'trigger' law opens to high expectations
The parent-led battle to transform Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school may be over, but the storybook ending that many charter supporters sought for the children in this Mojave Desert community may be even more challenging to achieve.
More than two months after the first school in the nation to be overhauled following a so-called "parent trigger" campaign opened its doors in July, many parents at the newly named Desert Trails Preparatory Academy say they are pleased with what they're seeing of the instruction, atmosphere, and administration of the new charter school.
But as the school's staff faces the daunting job of turning around a failing school, an unknown dimension of the task is what role these newly empowered parents will play in Desert Trails' future—and how quickly the community's wounds will heal after the divisive fight...
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