by Cynthia Ramirez, Lead Parent Coordinator, Desert Trails Parent Union
The allegations in the story "Were parents promised pay" (May 25) have no basis in truth. As someone involved with the Parent Trigger campaign in our Adelanto and Desert Trails' community from the beginning, I am deeply offended and insulted our volunteer efforts of the past two years are being twisted and diminished.
Unfortunately, The Sun appears to have been misled by someone lashing out at other parents in our Desert Trails community and at Parent Revolution. The good news is the only person damaged by this outburst of false statements and outright lies is the person making them.
I can say without hesitation, no promises of financial benefit or support were ever made by Parent Revolution staff to members of our Desert Trails Parent Union (DTPU). No one ever promised us a single dollar -- let alone thousands of dollars -- if we went around the country promoting the movie "Won't Back Down."
After all the hours and hours of hard work we Desert Trails parents put into turning around our school, the legal battles we had to fight, and all the conspiracy theories about Parent Trigger we have had to put up with, it's just plain insulting to have someone say we were only in it for money.
It has not been easy being called names and told we didn't know what we were doing. Many people, who think they know better, have said we were duped or conned and were controlled by millionaires pushing charter schools.
Nothing is further from the truth. Our kids were in a school that had been failing for many years and, as parents, we needed to take action. That's why we used the Parent Trigger law and were successful in bringing change to our school.
What we're doing now is staying focused on the opening of a wonderful new school for our kids in late July. We're not going to let this person distract us from making sure our kids get the best possible education.
As Desert Trails' parents, we've been through too much for our kids to let someone who wants to rant and rave to a journalist to take away the success we've achieved. People outside our community said we would never succeed, that it was impossible for us to change the direction of our school.
Well, we did it -- and no one will ever take that away from us. We're the true face of parent power.
And that's the truth.
-- Cynthia Ramirez, Lead Parent Coordinator, Desert Trails Parent Union