Families & the Community

Report: California’s First Parent-Trigger School Leaves District’s Oversight

By Sarah Tully — March 09, 2016 1 min read

The first school in the country to successfully use the parent-trigger law to become a charter school is now leaving the oversight of the school district that it has bitterly fought, according to The San Bernardino Sun.

Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto, Calif., became the first school to successfully use California’s 2010 law allowing parents in low-performing schools to gather signatures to petition for overhauls. Parents in 2012 forced the Adelanto Elementary School District to turn the campus into a charter school, now called Desert Trails Preparatory Academy.

The school’s relationship with the district has remained rocky. In December, the Adelanto board voted against renewing the school’s charter, The Sun reported. Now, the San Bernardino County Board of Education has agreed to take over as the agency that oversees the charter, according to the March 7 story by Beau Yarbrough.

California was the first state to enact a parent-trigger law, and a handful of states followed in approving such laws. The movement even inspired a Hollywood movie, “Won’t Back Down,” in 2012.

Education Week has extensively followed the “parent-trigger” issue, including a story last year that reviewed the ups and downs of the first five years of the law.

Contact Sarah Tully at stully@epe.org.

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