Anaheim City Elementary School District Should Stop Thwarting Parents

By Private: Gloria Romero
It didn’t take long for Anaheim City School District’s trustees to snub Orange County Superior Court Judge Andrew Banks’ July 16 ruling that the district had unlawfully rejected the reform effort, supported by almost 67 percent of Palm Lane Elementary School’s parents, to restart the chronically underperforming school. Not only had Judge Banks issued the...

TAGS: Palm Lane Elementary School, underperforming schools

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

Shine Light On Low-Performing Schools

By Private: Gloria Romero
What do Barack Obama, William Jefferson Clinton, George Washington, Sonia Sotomayor, Cesar Chavez, Carlos Santana and John Muir have in common? Each has a chronically underperforming California school named for him or her. Sadly, following the celebratory ribbon-cuttings, these schools have been left to languish on state-identified “watch lists.” Disturbed by these lists and the...

TAGS: California Center for Parent Empowerment, Gloria Romero, underperforming schools

California's "Open Enrollment Act" Empowers Students to Transfer Out of Underperforming Schools

By Private: Gloria Romero
Have you ever wanted to know if your child is attending a chronically underperforming school? Well, start spreading the word: the list is out. Due to a law I wrote while serving in the California Senate, the 2010 Open Enrollment Act identifies the 1,000 chronically underperforming schools in California and empowers parents of kids enrolled...

TAGS: education reform, Gloria Romero, underperforming schools