Charter operator chosen for Adelanto, Calif., school

Oct. 19, 2012
Parents use trigger law to force district to convert Desert Trails Elementary to a charter

From The Redlands Daily Facts: After months of legal wrangling, parents in Adelanto, Calif., have chosen the operator of charter school in Hesperia, Calif., to take over their failing public elementary school. The parents selected LaVerne Elementary Preparatory Academy, which operates a K-8 school in Hesperia, to run Desert Trails Elementary School, where statewide testing shows that three-quarters of the more than 600 students are unable to read and write. Earlier this month, a judge ordered the Adelanto Elementary School District to follow state law and allow the parents to turn the school into a charter school in 2013-2014.

Earlier...from The Los Angeles Times: A judge has ruled that parents in Adelanto, Calif., must be allowed to open an independent charter campus next fall. San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge John Vander Feer ordered the Adelanto Elementary School Board to grant a parent petition for a charter campus at Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto. The case has been watched as a test of California's 2010 parent trigger law, which allows parents to petition to overhaul low-performing schools. Parents are planning to choose between two charter operators who have applied to take over the campus.

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