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San Bernardino parents win right to fire a local school district thanks to Parent Trigger law

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For the first time, a group using the state’s new “Parent Trigger” law has wrested control of a failing school from administrators.

For the first time, a group using the state’s new “Parent Trigger” law has wrested control of a failing school from administrators.

Although her sixth-grade daughter Vanessa gets really good grades, Doreen Diaz says she’s not sure that means much at Desert Trails Elementary School in San Bernardino County.

“They don’t have very high expectations for the kids,” said Diaz. She says she hopes that’ll change soon.

Under a San Bernardino Superior Court judge’s order, the Adelanto School District must accept a parent petition to take over the troubled school.

The 2-year-old “Parent Trigger” law was the first of its kind in the nation. It enables parents to force the conversion of a struggling traditional school into a charter, shut it down completely or fire its staff. All they need is a petition that 51 percent of parents sign.

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