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Parent-Trigger Group Touts Student Academic Gains, Though Data Limited
By Karla Scoon Reid
The contentious debate over California's so-called parent-trigger law usually boils down to whether a parent-led overhaul of a failing school will yield tangible results.
Proponents of California's Parent Empowerment Act believe that recent student test-score results from parent-trigger schools prove that some academic progress is being made. The Parent Empowerment Act allows parents whose children attend chronically low-performing schools to petition or "trigger" their district for education changes, including hiring new staff or converting the school into a charter.