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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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California Attorney General to Investigate Compton Parent Trigger Move

It's war between the adults involved in the pulling of the parent trigger at McKinley Elementary in Compton, California.

As we've previously written, the so-called "parent trigger" is a controversial new California law that allows parents to change the administration at their child's failing school with enough signatures. Parents having the opportunity to give their children an excellent education sounds good, right? Well, the war between the adult players on either side of the pulling of the trigger at McKinley Avenue Elementary in Compton, California is definitely on, and now the State of California's getting involved.

The president of the California State Board of Education, Ted Mitchell, plans to ask the state's Attorney General's Office to look into allegations of misconduct on the part of the both the collector of parent trigger petition signatures, Parent Revolution, and McKinley's staff members.

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Did Compton Parents Really Want the Trigger Pulled?

Parents at McKinley Elementary signed a petition to have their struggling school taken over. Critics say they were tricked. Who's telling the truth?

Were parents tricked into signing a "parent trigger" petition that sets into motion the takeover of a Compton, California, elementary school by a charter school operator? That claim, and a slew of other accusations, are bringing the drama to 497-student McKinley Elementary—and making it ground zero in the national education reform debate.

Takeover opponents claim that almost 60 parents have rescinded their signatures from the petition given to Compton Unified School District officials last week. Karla Garcia, a parent of two McKinley students, told the Los Angeles Times that representatives from the nonprofit organization behind the parent trigger movement, Parent Revolution, misled her to get her signature. "They told me the petition was to beautify the school. They are misinforming the parents, so I revoked my signature."

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