Parent Revolution finally got they really wanted in their efforts to flip a public school in California. While the parents who they sold initially just wanted modest changes, a rejection of their signatures gave them the opportunity to get a new petition. This time it suits the folks who pay the salaries of Parent Revolution’s operatives as “charter school” is on the new petition. Writes Teresa Watanabe in theLos Angeles Times:
The petition asks that Desert Trails be transformed into a charter school, but parents reiterated they would prefer that reforms be collectively developed by an independent organization of parents, teachers and district staff.
A key change, parents said, would be the ability to choose their own principal with more flexibility to remove ineffective teachers and more autonomy over curriculum and budgets.
The Washington Post reported earlier this month that the parents originally were looking for more limited and specific results from their trigger effort:
In Adelanto, the 666 children who attend Desert Trails are mostly black and Latino, and nearly all meet the federal definition of poor. The school lacks a full-time nurse, a guidance counselor and a psychologist. About one in four students was suspended last year, nearly twice the district average. Desert Trails has had three principals in the past five years
The parents want preschool classes, a longer school day, a computer lab, every teacher to have a master’s degree, a full-time librarian and clean, working restrooms, among other things.
The district can’t afford those demands, said Superintendent Darin Brawley, adding that state education funding is down 20 percent this year. “There’s no way we could do all those things at Desert Trails without making cuts elsewhere, from other students in the district,” he said.
Parent Revolution continues to scream “fraud” at the top of their lungs although their complaints “remains under review” by the district attorney. Predictably Parent Revolution vows to immediately file a lawsuit if this application doesn’t check out either. Maybe the charter school funded group intends to keep getting petitions until they win while having a bunch of lawyers run interference for them.