Public schools

Parent-Triggered Charter Announcement to Come This Week

Adelanto, Calif., parents finally given clearance to select charter school to take over elementary school


The charter school chosen by a group of parent activists to take over their failing High Desert school will be announced this week.

Parents of students at Desert Trails Elementary School have been fighting the Adelanto Elementary School District, attempting to turn things around at a school where three-quarters of students are unable to read or write, according to state test scores.

The group became the first to successfully use the 2010 California "parent trigger" law, written by former state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, which allows parents to force sweeping changes on their schools.