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Why the Compton Parent Trigger Lawsuit Is a Good Thing

The suit will set precedent for all future parent trigger attempts in both California and the rest of the nation.


With the filing of a class action lawsuit against Compton Unified School District, the legal battle over the first invocation of California's new "parent trigger" law has officially begun.

In a nutshell, the "parent trigger" allows parents who are tired of their local school's chronic academic failure to band together and petition the school district for the right to take control of the campus. The law first came into being in 2010 when California was attempting to prove it was ready for education reform so the state could qualify for some of the $4 billion in money the Obama administration was doling out as part of its Race to the Top competition.

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