The Wall Street Journal spent a great deal of time speaking with parents and learned a lot about the work taking place in tiny Adelanto:
"A core of about a dozen parents, mostly moms, spent the summer staging meetings in their homes and in nearby parks to craft a list of demands. They asked for more control over which teachers get hired and fired, smaller class sizes, the power to control the school budget and after-school programs. They presented the list to district officials in October, who declined to adopt them.
"'They told us that if they agreed to all our demands, they'd be hurting the other schools,' said Cynthia Ramirez, who has a second-grade daughter at the school and joined the parents' group. 'We don't want to be selfish, but we have a kids-first agenda and that's what they should be focused on.'"