Court sides with parents in battle with district over lousy school

By Craig Alexander
Officials fought parents for years to keep children in a failing Anaheim school Parent-trigger warning In 2015 parents at the Palm Lane Elementary School of the Anaheim City School District turned in far more signatures than needed under the Parent Trigger Law (authored by former State Sen. Gloria Romero as Ed. Code sections 53300-53303). The goal...

TAGS: Charter schools, Gloria Romero, parent trigger law

After Parent Trigger – A Success Model for Palm Lane Elementary School

By R. Claire Friend
If the parent activists at Palm Lane Elementary School are successful in their battle to invoke SB54, the Parent Trigger Law, they would be well advised to study the network of high-performing charter schools in New York City founded by former teacher and City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz as the template for the school it must...

TAGS: Palm Lane, Palm Lane Elementary School, Parent Trigger, parent trigger law, Success Academy

Palm Lane: Right vs. Might

By R. Claire Friend
Palm Lane Elementary School in Anaheim, a failing school for at least the past decade, has become a battleground in the war against union power and its unconstrained efforts to retain absolute control over public education. At stake may be America’s future itself. Palm Lane parents, disheartened by the school’s abysmal academic record and the...

TAGS: Charter schools, Friedrichs, Palm Lane, Palm Lane Elementary School, Parent Trigger, parent trigger law

Anaheim Teachers Union Faces A Gathering Storm

By Edward Ring
If you drive by Palm Lane Elementary School in Anaheim, California, nothing seems amiss. With modern buildings, partially surrounded by a park, the school seems like a tranquil refuge. Like so many settings in sunny Southern California, palm trees and sycamores compete for space on the spacious lawns, beckoning skyward, swaying in the warmth of...

TAGS: parent trigger law, Senator Bob Huff

Los Angeles Unified School District bid to dodge Parent Trigger Law fails

By Private: Gloria Romero
The California Senate Legislative Counsel issued last week a sweeping opinion, concluding a controversy as to whether a school district – Los Angeles Unified, in this case – can proclaim itself exempt from California’s historic Parent Trigger law, which enables parents of kids in chronically underperforming schools to transform it if a majority of parents...

TAGS: California Center for Parent Empowerment, LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified, Parent Revolution, parent trigger law, underperforming schools

Race for California Governor Should Emphasize Education Reform

By Private: Gloria Romero
On Thursday, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown will face off against Republican challenger Neel Kashkari in their only scheduled debate. Although Kashkari asked for 10 debates, Brown chose to do just one. Undoubtedly, a slew of issues will be discussed, from economic policy, including taxation and tax credits, to border security and immigration, earthquake preparedness, California’s...

TAGS: education reform, Governor Brown, Parent Empowerment Act, parent trigger law, underperforming schools

Have Trigger Law – Will Organize

By Larry Sand
Shoot out in Compton is the beginning of a gun fight that promises to rival anything the Wild West has ever seen. Back in the 50s, like many kids, I was a huge fan of TV Westerns. I could not let a Gunsmoke, Have Gun-Will Travel or The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp go...

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