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Los Angeles unified parents file petition demanding reforms at failing elementary school

A mural at 24th Street Elementary School.
A mural at 24th Street Elementary School.
Courtesy LAUSD

Some parents in Los Angeles are following the lead of a Mojave group by using California's landmark "parent trigger" law in a bid to improve their children's education.

A group of parents filed a petition with the Los Angeles Unified School District demanding major reforms at an elementary school where fewer than a third of students read at grade level.

Superintendent John Deasy received the petitions, delivered in a children's red wagon on Thursday. He promised to meet with parents next week after reviewing them.

Amabilia Villeda says she and other parents want immediate change at the 24th Street Elementary School, which is located in an impoverished, immigrant neighborhood south of downtown Los Angeles.

The parents are using California's landmark "parent trigger" law. It allows parents to force a district to undertake radical action to reform a low performing school if more than half of parents sign a simple petition.

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The parents are being helped by Parent Revolution, which describes itself on its website as:

"Our mission: To transform public education based on what is good for children, not adults, by empowering parents to transform their under-performing schools through community organizing."