LAUSD says it’s not subject to state’s ‘parent trigger’ law this year

Aug 15, 2014 by

A controversial state law permitting parents to petition for sweeping changes in failing schools cannot be used this year in Los Angeles Unified, district officials decided.

I am livid about this. I believe it violates the spirit and intent of parent empowerment. – Former state Sen. Gloria Romero

In a letter from a district lawyer to former state Sen. Gloria Romero obtained by The Times on Thursday, officials said the school system is not subject to the “parent trigger” law because it obtained a waiver last year from federal educational requirements that are linked to it. Instead, L.A. Unified has joined with eight other California school districts to create their own changes and systems to monitor progress, the letter said.

Romero, who authored the 2010 law, said she was stunned by the district’s position, which was laid out in a letter Wednesday from Kathleen Collins, L.A. Unified’s chief administrative law and litigation counsel.

“I am livid about this,” Romero said. “I believe it violates the spirit and intent of parent empowerment.”

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But Supt. John Deasy said the district still supports the law, and that low-performing schools would once more be subject to parent petitions for change at the end of the year. The federal waiver obtained, he said, simply restarted the two-year time period schools need to be academically substandard before they are eligible for a trigger overhaul.

“I wholeheartedly support the legislation and look forward to working again with eligible schools,” Deasy said.

Collins wrote that the district “remains committed to addressing any issues and concerns from parents and community.”

I wholeheartedly support the legislation and look forward to working again with eligible schools. – Supt. John Deasy

Under the trigger law, 50% of parents at a low-performing school can force changes in staff and curriculum, shut down the campus or convert to an independent charter enterprise, which is publicly financed and usually non-union.

via LAUSD says it’s not subject to state’s ‘parent trigger’ law this year – LA Times.

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