The CTA Empire Strikes Back

By Edward Ring
Emperor Palpatine: There is a great disturbance in the Force. Darth Vader: I have felt it. Emperor Palpatine: We have a new enemy, the young Rebel… Darth Vader: How is that possible? Emperor Palpatine: Search your feelings, Lord Vader. You know it to be true. He could destroy us. The Force is strong with him. –...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, CTA, Friedrichs vs. the CTA, Palm Lane Elementary School, Parent trigger laws, Vergara vs. California

Palm Lane Reform Activists Win Court Ruling – District Immediately Appeals

By R. Claire Friend
The yearlong battle with the Anaheim City School District and Anaheim City Board of Education has ended. The parents of the 733 students enrolled at Palm Lane Elementary School have finally been granted the right to restart their decade-long failing school as an independent charter school. Judge Andrew P. Banks, Orange County Superior Court, issued...

TAGS: education reform, Palm Lane Elementary School, Parent trigger laws

Parents and Children Win The Right to Start a Public Charter School at Palm Lane Elementary

By Craig Alexander
Yesterday (July 16, 2015), after a seven day trial, Superior Court Judge Andrew P. Banks issued his decision awarding the parents and children who wished to convert their failing public school Palm Lane Elementary into a public charter school under the Parent Empowerment Act (also known as the Parent Trigger Law). To read the Court’s ruling...

TAGS: Palm Lane Elementary School, Parent trigger laws

Report From Palm Lane – Court Battle Over Parent Trigger Begins

By R. Claire Friend
The Palm Lane Elementary School parents and their attorneys squared off against the Anaheim City School District and Anaheim City Board of Education on June 15th in Courtroom C11 in the battle to determine whether the parents will succeed in their efforts to restart the academically troubled school as an independent charter school. The parents are...

TAGS: Palm Lane Elementary School, Parent Trigger, Parent trigger laws, teachers union

Union Controlled Anaheim School Board Forces Parent Activists to Fight in Court

By Private: Gloria Romero
Over 40 years ago, California’s Supreme Court recognized that a child’s access to an adequate education – regardless of race, ethnicity or wealth – is a fundamental right of the highest order. In Serrano v. Priest the Court affirmed “education is a major determinant of an individual’s chances for economic and social success in our...

TAGS: education reform, Palm Lane Elementary School, Parent trigger laws

Parent Trigger & Open Enrollment – Ways to Cope With Union Controlled Schools

By Edward Ring
In January 2010 the California’s legislature passed into law, perhaps uncharacteristically, an excellent new law. Entitled “Public schools: Race to the Top,” SB 54 created two mechanisms for parents to exert greater control over the education of their children. There are two components: (1) The Open Enrollment Act mandates that the California Department of Education to...

TAGS: Gloria Romero, Palm Lane Elementary School, Parent trigger laws

Parents Fight Union to Reform Failing Schools in Anaheim

By Private: Gloria Romero
November’s electoral outcomes at both the Anaheim City Council and Anaheim City School Board provide a potentially refreshing new start for transforming chronically underperforming city schools while simultaneously opening the door to a new era of respect for parents leading these efforts. The potential arises because two long-serving ACSB members will no longer oversee responsibility...

TAGS: Parent trigger laws

California's New, Big, Nonpartisan Political Tent

By Edward Ring
“In politics, a big tent or catch-all party is a political party seeking to attract people with diverse viewpoints and thus appeal to more of the electorate. The big tent approach is opposed to single-issue litmus tests and ideological rigidity, conversely advocating multiple ideologies and views within a party.” –  Wikipedia, “Big Tent“ Something is...

TAGS: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Charter schools, Parent trigger laws, pension reform

California’s parent-empowerment law gains ground

By Larry Sand
Last week, parents in the Southern California desert city of Adelanto celebrated the opening of the first school transformed under the state’s 2010 parent-empowerment law, also known as the parent trigger. After two San Bernardino County Superior Court judges upheld their petition to take control of foundering Desert Trails Elementary School, parents selected a nonprofit charter...

TAGS: Gloria Romero, Parent trigger laws, teachers unions