California board gives OK to parent trigger rules

From the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert:

The State Board of Education today gave tentative approval to rules outlining how parents may petition to dramatically restructure their children’s low-performing schools.

The nine-member board voted unanimously to provide a final 15-day comment period before they vote in September to officially adopt the regulations. But board president Michael Kirst doubted members would make any significant changes to what was approved today.

The rules reflect a give-and-take between the powerful California Teachers Association and the well-funded advocacy group Parent Revolution. The regulations would fill in the gaps of the controversial “parent trigger” law signed last year by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after it squeaked through the Legislature.

The law allows parents to demand one of four school overhauls if a majority of parents at the school or from feeder schools petition for the change.

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BY Adam Emerson

Editor of redefinED, policy and communications guru for Florida education nonprofit