About nine months ago, at a small park playground a few hundred feet from their children's struggling school, a group of parents chanted, cheered and delivered passionate speeches about their growing frustration with Desert Trails Elementary, says the Hechinger Report. That Jan. 12 park rally -- which drew a throng of camera crews and reporters from around the state to the tiny desert city of Adelanto, Calif. -- marked the beginning of a bitter battle in the national spotlight. That was when the Desert Trails Parent Union announced its petition to use the so-called "parent trigger" law to force a...

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