Pulling the “parent trigger” at McKinley Elementary

Dec 7, 2010

A little known law passed in January allows parents in a failing school to force a change. If 51% or more sign a petition it can trigger a forcible transformation of the school either by shutting it down, making it a charter or demanding other radical changes. 1,300 of California’s 10,000 schools are eligible, but McKinley will be the first school to actually receive a formal petition with the demand that a charter school operator take over the school. What does this mean for failing schools across the Southland? Is there any guarantee the charter operator will do better? How will teachers and Compton Unified School District board members deal with the fall out?

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