the issue

In 2010, California passed a “Parent Trigger” law that grants a parent majority (51%) of the state’s worst performing schools the legal right to organize and force changes at their local public school. Parents have four new options under the law:

  1. Turnaround: replace the principal and at least half of the teachers.
  2. Restart: convert to a charter school, a public school run by an outside group.
  3. Transformation: replace the principal and adopt a policy to evaluate teachers using student test scores.
  4. Alternative Governance: restructure the school governance so that fundamental overhauls can be made, such as hiring a new teaching staff.

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