LOS ANGELES - A group of parents got the unanimous thumbs-up to take over their failing school.
The 24th Street Elementary School Parent Union is the third group to use California's parent trigger law, which allows groups that collect enough petitions to force dramatic changes on public schools. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified school board unanimously approved the petitioners' request to enact the "restart model" portion of the 2010 law. The decision cleared the way for parents to bring in a charter-school operator to run the school starting in the next school year.
Outside LAUSD headquarters, a couple dozen blue T-shirted moms and dads of 24th Street Elementary students cheered the board's approval.