From Natasha Lindstrom from Victorville Daily Press:
ADELANTO • The trailblazing effort to force a major overhaul of Desert Trails Elementary by invoking the so-called “Parent Trigger” law failed to advance Wednesday night.
The Desert Trails Parent Union’s petition to reopen Desert Trails as a community charter school fell 20 signatures short of the 321 needed, Superintendent Darin Brawley announced at a special board meeting.
The Adelanto School District Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to reject the petition for failing to include valid parent signatures representing at least 50 percent of students at the school on Bellflower Street.
But the effort looks to be far from over, with a lengthy legal battle looming.
The parent union had already retained the pro-bono services of the Los Angeles law firm Kirkland &
The petition asks that Desert Trails be transformed into a charter school, but parents reiterated they would prefer that reforms be collectively developed by an independent organization of parents, teachers and district staff.
A key change, parents said, would be the ability to choose their own principal with more flexibility