LA parents head to Sacramento for this week’s vote to plead for an overall rating to assess schools
*UPDATED A contingent of LA parents, armed with a petition of about 420 signatures, will ask the state Board of Education this week to adopt a summative rating to evaluate schools in addition to a number of proposed measures that move beyond ranking schools solely based on test scores. The Board of Education is expected...
By Sarah Favot | September 6, 2016 5:29 pm
Despite district rules, Haddon Elementary increases enrollment and decreases absenteeism with unique programs
Haddon Elementary Avenue School is so in demand that families want to drive their children across the San Fernando Valley from Granada Hills to attend the Pacoima school. Haddon is not a charter school, it’s not a new pilot program and it’s not a magnet school (yet). It’s a traditional Title 1 district school in a...
By Mike Szymanski | August 18, 2016 8:29 am
JUST IN: No lawsuit for 20th Street Elementary as parents, LA Unified agree to plan by Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
After two legal attempts by parents to take over a South-Central LA elementary school they said was failing their children, an agreement has been reached for the school to join the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. The deal averts a threatened lawsuit and ends a two-year “parent trigger” battle. The agreement moves 20th Street Elementary...
By Craig Clough | July 5, 2016 6:24 pm
321 students have applied to new schools through Choice4LA pilot program
Parent Revolution announced Tuesday that it has helped 321 students apply to new, higher performing schools through its Choice4LA pilot program launched in January. The program is aimed at helping low-income families navigate a complex system of school choice by providing information on all types of schools, helping parents choose the right school for their...
By Sarah Favot | June 28, 2016 11:06 am
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Lawsuit likely averted: 20th Street School moves toward Partnership plan instead of ‘parent trigger’
Parents may be on the verge of settling a two-year “parent trigger” battle at 20th Street Elementary School without a lawsuit, which both sides hoped to avoid. Nearly 200 parents, students and teachers attended a Monday evening meeting at the school and heard about a unique alternative in which 20th Street would win greater autonomy but be neither...
By Mike Szymanski | May 25, 2016 4:47 pm
High stakes over ‘parent trigger’: Closed session discussion tries to avoid 20th Street lawsuit
The LA Unified school board broke into a surprise closed session for several hours Tuesday afternoon in the middle of their public meeting in order to head off a potential “parent trigger” lawsuit over 20th Street Elementary School. All morning, the school board was in closed session to discuss employee actions, contract renewals and pending litigation....
By Mike Szymanski | May 11, 2016 4:32 pm
Commentary: All families deserve good school choice options
By Shirley Ford I realized there was a problem as early as elementary school. I always knew that my boys were smart – they started reading me the newspaper in the evening when they were 6 years old – but they were clearly bored and not being challenged in school. Like so many young African-American...
By Guest Contributor | February 12, 2016 2:08 pm
Parent trigger tries takeover at South Central school, again
For the first time, a Parent Trigger has been threatened twice for the same school. The parents of the 20th Street Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles are fed up with the lack of response from LA Unified after their first attempt two years ago to take over the school and on Monday filed...
By Mike Szymanski | February 3, 2016 2:25 pm
Parent Revolution announces Seth Litt as new CEO
Parent Revolution has announced that Seth Litt is taking over as its CEO. The news comes a full nine months after the organization’s former executive director and founder, Ben Austin, stepped down. Parent Revolution was formed in 2009 by Austin and played a role in creating California’s “parent trigger” law. It also offers guidance and help to parent...
By Craig Clough | August 27, 2015 12:33 pm
Another LAUSD school uses Parent Trigger as leverage for change
Parents of students at 20th Street Elementary in Central LA have unanimously approved a district proposal to turn around the low-performing school, starting next year. As a result, the local parent union is dropping plans for a school-wide take over under the state Parent Trigger law. The deal with LA Unified ensures that all of...
By Vanessa Romo | June 1, 2015 9:55 am