The California board of education—now with a majority of its members appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown—is expected to decide the fate of the state’s “parent-trigger” law at its March 9 meeting.
The 2009 Parent Empowerment law allows parents to petition for dramatic changes at struggling schools, including closing the campus, overhauling staff and programs, or converting to an independently run charter school.
The law’s current regulations, approved on an emergency basis, are set to expire March 15. The state board must decide whether to extend them.
So far, the board has opted not to consider draft regulations submitted by the previous board and said it would instead start from scratch with more input from interest groups. That worries the group Parent Revolution, which fears revisions pushed by interest groups could make systematic change difficult.
A version of this article appeared in the February 23, 2011 edition of Education Week as Calif. Education Board Delays Fate of Parent-Trigger Law