This week – on Tuesday, February 12 – the parents of 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles achieved an unprecedented victory.
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board voted unanimously to accept the parent’s petition to put into action a “restart model” for their children’s chronically failing school.
The LAUSD Board vote was not only unanimous, it was so uncontroversial that they put it on their "consent calendar" – one giant list of uncontroversial items the Board approves as a group with one easy vote. It was unprecedented – and it was historic.
And this week was the week Parent Trigger became normal.
In four years, Parent Revolution has invented an idea the critics said would never work…managed to pass it into law for every parent in California…battled powerful and entrenched and special interests…trained hundreds of parents in organizing… won a series of must-win court cases…and spread this movement across the nation.
This week, we made this idea normal.
In four years we’ve taken an out-of-the-box idea we were told would never work to normal.
That might be the quietest and biggest accomplishment of them all. The status quo paradigm has undergone a shift of dynamic proportions. Now – this week – it is normal for parents to have power over the educational destiny of their children.
Your support has made this moment and milestone possible. It could not have happened without you.
We know there are many challenges ahead. In states around the country we are standing side-by-side with local community partners and coalitions who also want parents to have power over the educational destiny of their children. This work will not be easy.
We also know, because of what happened this week, things will never be the same. And for that, we have you to thank.