Judge OKs Nation’s First Parent Trigger Takeover in Adelanto, Calif. School

Parents in a small southern California town will now be allowed to go ahead with any number of reforms, including firing the principal, converting the school to a charter school or shutting down the school.

By Julianne Hing Jul 25, 2012

A superior court judge has ruled in favor of parents at a small southern California desert town who, with the help of a Los Angeles-based school reform organization, have been organizing to take over their struggling elementary school. Superior Court Judge Steve Malone’s ruling, made public this week, will allow parents with the Desert Trails Parent Union in Adelanto, California to go ahead with their efforts to overhaul Desert Trails Elementary School. Parents had challenged the local school district after their petition was voided; the district had allowed parents to rescind their signatures. Judge Malone ruled that such a move was illegal, and in fact, the petition would stand, the [Los Angeles Times](http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/07/backers-of-parent-trigger-law-score-victory-in-court-.html) reported. They are the first group in the nation to be allowed to use the parent trigger to overhaul a neighborhood school. The ruling marks a victory for parent activists and Parent Revolution, the Los Angeles-based organization that has advocated for parent trigger policy and overhauls. A previous effort to take over a Compton public school, led with the help of Parent Revolution as well, also led to lawsuits and legal wrangling.