Compton Parents Use New Law To Seek School Improvements

COMPTON (AP) — A group of Compton parents is taking schooling into their own hands.

Parents at McKinley Elementary School are the first in California to use a law that allows them to change a failing elementary school.

More than 60 percent of parents at the school signed the petition presented Tuesday to the Compton Unified School District. They favor turning the campus into a charter school.

Acting Superintendent Karen Frison, who accepted the petition, had no immediate comment.

The so-called parent-trigger law requires the school district to take dramatic efforts to turn around a school if a majority of parents sign a petition demanding change. Measures can include converting a school to a charter or replacing the principal and staff.

McKinley ranks in the bottom 10 percent of California’s elementary schools.

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