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Parent Trigger group votes on new group for charter take over

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Desert Trails has some of the lowest standardized test scores in the state – its most recent Academic Performance Index rating is 699 on a scale of 1000. LaVerne recently ranked more than 200 points higher than that.

The first group of parents in the nation to successfully invoke California’s Parent Trigger law has voted on a new operator to take over a failing school: LaVerne Elementary Preparatory Academy, a non-profit charter organization based in nearby Hesperia, will run the new school starting next August.

After 18 months and two court victories, members of the Desert Trails Parents’ Union voted overwhelmingly for LaVerne because of its success with low-income students.

Doreen Diaz, a leader of the trigger movement, said that was the deciding factor for her. As a member of the selection committee, Diaz said she and a handful of others spent a day at the charter school and emerged impressed. “I looked in the classrooms and I liked what I saw. I liked that the teachers keep the children engaged,” she said, adding that the children also appeared enthusiastic about being in school. “That’s what did if for me and why we recommended them.” 

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Parent Trigger group wins another legal battle

Parents in the desert community of Adelanto have won a critical victory in their mission to take over Desert Trails Elementary School under the “parent trigger law.”

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge has upheld a ruling that allowed the Desert Trails Parent Union to move forward with plans to convert the failing elementary school into a charter school.

The judge also ordered the Adelanto School District to halt efforts to stop the changeover. In August, district officials announced they would not relinquish control of the school.

Cynthia Ramirez, a lead petitioner and organizer of the Desert Trails Trigger movement, said she’s “thrilled and obviously really excited" with the judge’s ruling.

"This decision finally lets us move forward with voting on who we want to come in and take over the school" said Ramirez.

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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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