Parents at 20th Street Elementary confront district’s rejection of their takeover attempt

Mar 15, 2016 by

South Los Angeles parents who give their children’s elementary school an “F” are exploring legal recourse after the L.A. Unified School District announced on Saturday that a state law allowing parents to take over failing schools does not apply to the district.

In rejecting the petition concerning 20th Street Elementary School, the district said that California’s 2010 “parent trigger law,” which allows parents to take over low-performing schools if they gather enough signatures, is not valid because it asks for outdated performance measurements.

An attorney for the district, David Holmquist, argued in a letter rejecting the petition that even if the law were valid, the district has a federal waiver that exempts it from using the Academic Performance Index and Academic Yearly Progress as performance measures.

Schools no longer measure API, instead using a new form of tests based on Common Core state standards.

Source: Parents at 20th Street Elementary confront district’s rejection of their takeover attempt – LA Times

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