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LAUSD Receives ‘Parent Trigger’ Petition From Parents Demanding Change At LA Elementary School

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Dozens of parents delivered a “Parent Trigger” petition Thursday to the Los Angeles Unified School District demanding a change at their children’s elementary school.

Parents of students at 24th Street Elementary School, which is considered under-performing, held a rally before handing in the petition, which voiced their concerns.

“I would love to have this kind of parent involvement at every school. I can say that absolutely, positively,” LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said. “This was organized, informed, thoughtful, active and very, very engaged.”

The Parent Trigger law, which passed in 2010, gives parents the right to force change that can include new leadership at schools.

“I’m just concerned about his education, him learning and achieving his goals right now,” angry parent Tamiko Tucker said.

The petitions are required to have signatures from more than 50 percent of the parents with children enrolled in the school or its feeder schools.

The petition delivered Thursday has 68 percent of the signatures.

This is the first time the process has been used in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The LAUSD has 40 days to verify the signatures, then the petitioners will have 90 days to move forward and seek new management.

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