Anaheim School Headed to Trial after Parent Trigger Campaign

An Orange County Superior Court judge recently heard arguments regarding the “triggering” of the low performing Palm Lane Elementary School.

The Parent Empowerment Act enables parents and legal guardians who are dissatisfied with their children’s struggling schools to voice their discontent and overhaul the structure and operations of their schools.

The hearing comes after a wild lead up. Parents began the campaign to trigger the school into a charter school. School officials first claimed that the petition did not carry enough valid signatures in February. Petitioning parents, skeptical of the district’s analysis of the signatures, quickly escalated the situation to the courts.

The school board is now arguing that the school is not “trigger-eligible” as California has suspended its school rating system. 

Both sides lodged their legal complaint in April and it now goes to the court to rule on.

Since the Parent Empowerment Act came into being, only one school has become a charter, Desert Trails Elementary in Adelanto. Others more commonly negotiate a settlement between school officials and parents.

For the complete story on this trigger case, see here.

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