Just weeks after their first triumph with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the parent trigger advocacy group Parent Revolution announced Monday that they’re going for another parent trigger win in the same district. Parents at Weigand Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood, who organized themselves to pull the parent trigger with the help of Parent Revolution, filed a successful petition last month to overhaul their children’s school. LAUSD verified the parents’ petition.
Now, the parents’ chosen reform model, which calls for the overhaul of Weigand by replacing the principal and undergoing other deep institutional changes, will move ahead. The Weigand parent trigger effort, which marks the fourth time that the use of the parent trigger has been attempted, is the very first to call for an in-district reform. Past attempts have led to bitter court battles, charter school takeovers or greater charter school involvement in a school campus.
“We want to work with the district and the teachers to make our school a place where our children can learn and succeed,” Weigand parent activist Llury Garcia said in a statement.
Weigand parents invoked California’s Parent Empowerment Act of 2010, a state law which allows parents whose children who attend public schools with chronically low test scores to demand the overhaul of that school if they gather a majority of parents’ support. The school reform tactic and Parent Revolution, the advocacy group which organizes parents and lobbies for similar policy around the country, has drawn intense controversy.
The LAUSD board will vote today on whether or not to approve the reform model parents want.