Natasha Lindstrom

Parent-trigger efforts: At a crossroads? A standstill? A dead end?

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy last month lauded a group of parents who formed their own union in an attempt to improve their children’s South Los Angeles school. The district leader toured the K-5 campus and listened to children rap about cells and sing “Let It Be” before signing a partnership […]

At a South LA school, change without a battle over ‘parent trigger’ law

A group of parents threatening to invoke California’s controversial “parent trigger” law has spurred Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials to sign a partnership agreement addressing the parents’ top concerns at an elementary school in South Los Angeles. LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy is expected to visit West Athens Elementary School at around 1 p.m. […]

Parent-trigger vandalism case may cost woman city post

A Southern California woman may be ousted from her city leadership post for allegedly vandalizing a classroom after losing a political fight against the so-called parent trigger law. Lori Yuan, who chairs the planning commission in the Mojave Desert city of Adelanto, Calif., joined fellow parent Chrissy Guzman in leading the opposition to a campaign […]

With hostility over, parent-trigger school strives to improve

ADELANTO, Calif. — Chrissy Guzman chucked the old bottle of paint across the classroom, aiming for the large trash bin that the custodian had wheeled in earlier that summer day. As she and fellow parent volunteer Lori Yuan cleared out the PTA meeting room, the two mothers vented their frustration over the looming takeover of […]

With ‘Parent Trigger’ laws on the ropes, three overhauled schools reopen in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — When classes resume in Southern California in coming weeks, three public schools will be the first in the nation to reopen under new management spurred by a controversial education law dubbed the “parent trigger.” Parent Esmeralda Chacon is excited that 24th Street Elementary, just west of downtown Los Angeles, is bringing back […]

Parents choose unique school takeover model in ‘trigger’ vote

NEW YORK — In the latest test of California’s controversial “parent trigger” law, South Los Angeles parents have voted to transform their struggling neighborhood school into a charter school hybrid beginning this fall, organizers announced Wednesday. The unique partnership will team the Los Angeles Unified School District with local charter school operator Crown Preparatory Academy […]

For first time, parents look to pull ‘trigger’ without fight

South Los Angeles parents are likely to make history Tuesday by becoming the first in the nation to force a public school overhaul through the controversial “parent trigger” law without a court fight. The so-called parent trigger process, now making its way through state legislatures nationwide, lets parents at underperforming schools organize and petition for […]

For first time, a ‘parent trigger’ without a hitch

For the first time, a group of parents has succeeded in pulling a “parent trigger” on a struggling school without resistance. On a 7- 0 vote, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday afternoon quickly approved a petition to overhaul 24th Street Elementary through a “restart model” under California’s Parent Empowerment […]

One week after ‘parent trigger’s’ first success, new campaign announced at Los Angeles school

LOS ANGELES — The first time Amabilia Villeda tried to fix her children’s school, she joined several dozen fellow parents and teachers in a protest outside 24th Street Elementary. That was three years ago. Villeda and the rest of the loosely organized group believed the struggling school just a few miles west of downtown Los […]

Board OKs charter takeover of California public school after ‘parent trigger’

The real-life version of “Won’t Back Down” — the recent movie that promoted the controversial “parent trigger” law — appears to finally be getting a happier ending than the box office flop. Parent union members at Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto, Calif., have become the first in the nation to convert their struggling neighborhood […]

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