California's "PARENT TRIGGER"
is not Working So Well!
y Karla Scoon Reid Adelanto, Calif.
The parent-led battle to transform Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school may be over, but the storybook ending that many charter supporters sought for the children in this Mojave Desert community may be even more challenging to achieve.
More than two months after the first school in the nation to be overhauled following a so-called "parent trigger" campaign opened its doors in July, many parents at the newly named Desert Trails Preparatory Academy say they are pleased with what they're seeing of the instruction, atmosphere, and administration of the new charter school.
But as the school's staff faces the daunting job of turning around a failing school, an unknown dimension of the task is what role these newly empowered parents will play in Desert Trails' future—and how quickly the community's wounds will heal after the divisive fight over the school's creation.
Concerned by poor test scores and the former school's failure to meet California Department of Education achievement goals for several years, a determined group of parents—bolstered by outside support—won a lengthy and highly charged petition drive and legal dispute in 2012 to transform Desert Trails Elementary into a charter school. The two-year campaign, made possible under California's 2010 Parent Empowerment Act, pitted parent against parent, denigrated some of the school's former teachers, and interfered with students' learning, some here say.
(Site EDITORS Comment: This process, "Parent Trigger" or Parent Empowerment" or what ever you want to call it tore this community apart - neighbor fighting neighbor, family against family and they are finding out there is more behind this than met the eyes!
MELINDA GATES and TEACHER QUALITY as if she is an expert.
The article states they are working to "re-shape" the teaching profession. This web site imagines this means a new influx of modern day "CHANGE AGENTS". Note is given this posting is from EdWeek and they openly admit (The Gates Foundation also provides support for coverage of business and K-12 innovation in Education Week. ) In Gates language "support" means "money". READ MORE
Always remember this is another Progressive, Catholic woman who supports abortion, eugenics & vaccinations.