“Parent trigger” laws, first passed in California and then elsewhere in the country, typically state that over 50 percent of the parents in a school or schools “feeding into” that school can sign a petition demanding that the district either convert the school into a charter, close it, hire a new principal, or bring in new staff, says Larry Ferlazzo, English teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, for the Washington Post. The first attempt at implementing the law—in the predominantly low-income city of Compton in southern California—was unsuccessful…

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