Questionable Signatures End California Parent Trigger Effort

Is this what Ricks Scott wants in Florida communities to leverage in his charter school cronies? From Sean Cavanagh in State Ed Watch:

A high-profile attempt to use a “parent-trigger” law to convert a traditional public California school to a charter was rejected by the local school board, after divisions over the plans surfaced in the community.

The superintendent of the Adelanto School District, northeast of Los Angeles, recommended that the board reject a parent petition to make the changeover, saying only 235 of 460 signatures submitted could be verified, short of the threshold necessary for the changeover, according to the Los Angeles Times. The board agreed, by a 5-0 vote.

A group of parents in the community had pushed to convert Desert Trails Elementary to a charter school, citing frustrations about its low academic performance. But in recent weeks, another group of parents raised concerns about those efforts, according to the Times, saying some of those signing the petition had been misled, and that there was not widespread support for a charter, as some had claimed. (Ninety-seven of the signatures tossed out were from parents who said they were misled about the conversion, or signed in error, the Times reports.)

So only half of the signatures from the Parent Revolution – driven effort could be verified? C’mon, man!

The current narrative of charter school advocacy/lobbying groups is to claim that opposition is somehow illegal. Cheri Shannon, of the Walton-funded Florida Charter School Alliance said this week that “we need districts to follow the law.” Parent Revolution called the invalidation of the signatures as “unethical and illegal.”

This is clearly to shrill by half, but is the sort of propaganda that Florida’s republican legislators and policy-makers don’t mind attaching themselves too. Jeb Bush’s education foundation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce trotted out a couple of Parent Revolution’s “professional organizers” for a presser after a hearing in January on Florida’s Parent Trigger legislation.


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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