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Parent demand leads Mojave Desert elementary to convert to charter school

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A Mojave Desert school district has unanimously approved the new operator of the nation's first school to be converted to a charter by parent demand.

The Adelanto Elementary school board Tuesday night voted 4-0 to approve LaVerne Elementary Preparatory Academy to take over Desert Trails Elementary School in September.

The approval marks the end of a nearly two-year battle by the Desert Trails Parents Union to use California's so-called "parent trigger" law. The landmark legislation allows parents to force radical change at a failing school through a petition. It has inspired similar laws in about six other states.

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Teachers and administrators largely opposed the parents group, saying reforms were under way at Desert Trails.

The parents group had to obtain two court orders compelling the district to accept the petition.