June 19, 2013: The Los Angeles Unified School District board passed a resolution yesterday that, acccording to Barbara Jones in the LA Daily News, "called on [state] lawmakers to make [the] Parent Trigger a more transparent process." Under the Parent Trigger law, when a majority of parents sign a petition, those parents get to decide how to restructure a school where test scores fall far below the state average. Full resolution that was presented by board member Steve Zimmer and adopted can be read here.
According to Adolofo Guzman-Lopez on KPCC public radio:
...The non-profit group Parent Revolution has been involved in promoting petitions. Gabe Rose, the group’s deputy director, said he doesn’t have a problem with Zimmer’s plan, but says parents have had a hard time using the law.
“We’d like to actually be supportive of [LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer's] resolution," he said. "But we can’t be supportive of it unless it addresses the biggest problem out there right now which is the continued harassment and intimidation of parents who are standing up trying to organize and fight for their kid.”
University of Southern California Associate Professor Julie Marsh says the Zimmer proposal signals that the law is going through a shakeout period.
“The fact that you can get a majority of parents to sign something that could actually change how the school operates or who is operating it is pretty revolutionary,” Marsh said...