Parent Revolution Reaches Out to UTLA Teachers
On Sunday afternoon, around 25 classroom teachers who have been elected to represent their schools met at UTLA headquarters to discuss the contentious parent trigger petition process that’s unfolded at Weigand Elementary — and the possibility of additional trigger petitions in the future. Parent Revolution, the non-profit that has led the organizing efforts on all...
By Hillel Aron | June 4, 2013
Parent Trigger: Times Debates Transparency, Urgency
There are two interesting opinion pieces on the parent trigger in the LA Times — both focused on the aftermath of the parent trigger petition at Weigand Elementary but coming at the issue from different points of view: One of the two highlights the laudable desire to make sure that teachers and parents are fully...
By Alexander Russo | June 3, 2013
Teachers Union Turning Back Against Parent Trigger
In recent days, LAUSD teachers and union activists have been stepping up their attacks on the use of California’s parent trigger law and Parent Revolution, the nonprofit that has been coordinating parents’ efforts. They held a Thursday press conference at Weigand Elementary, the school where parents and organizers recently petitioned to oust Principal Irma Cobian...
By Hillel Aron | May 31, 2013
Board Preview: Multiple Protests, Packed Agenda
Just as record-breaking temperatures in Los Angeles are expected to subside by tomorrow, many of the heated LAUSD issues on the docket for tomorrow’s Board meeting may cool off into mere formalities by the time they come up for a vote. But a packed Board agenda and multiple union rallies could still make for a dramatic day...
By Hillel Aron | May 13, 2013
UTLA’s “Wait and See” Mode on Parent Trigger
The teachers union has been strangely silent about the parent trigger issue lately — even as different variations on the controversial school turnaround approach are being explored. In just the last few weeks, the parents of 24th St. have chosen a new “hybrid” plan that would leave the younger grades in the hands of LAUSD; the...
By Hillel Aron | April 12, 2013
LA Parents Opting for Varied “Trigger” Options
LA School Report has learned that, on Tuesday, the 24th St. Elementary Parents Union selection review committee met and decided to recommend what’s being called a “hybrid” governance model for the school. Under the parent trigger law, a majority of parents at a low-performing school can petition to revamp the school in any number of ways,...
By Hillel Aron | April 3, 2013