Court Sides with Parents, Upholds Parent Trigger Petition

Parents in the poorly performing Palm Lane Elementary School earlier this year filed a parent trigger petition to turn the school into a charter. The district rejected their petition in February, but on July 16th, Judge Andrew Banks of the Anaheim Superior Court ruled in favor of the parents. Banks declared the district denial was, “procedurally unfair, unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious.”

Judge Banks ordered the following:

Within 20 calendar days of the date the Writ is signed, rescind the February 19, 2015, action of the Anaheim City School District Board of Education that rejected the Parent Trigger Petition;

Within the same 20 calendar day period, accept the Parent Trigger Petition submitted on January 14, 2015; and

Allow Petitioners to “immediately” begin the process of soliciting and selecting charter school proposals.

According to a parents group, Palm Lane Elementary failed to meet state standards in 10 of the past 11 years. In a statement from the parents’ attorney, Mark Hoslcher opined, “This ruling impacts all schools that have been designated a failing school by California Board of Education and continues to pave the way for parents across California to secure their fundamental right to a quality education for their children.”

Read the court documents here. Read trial highlights here.