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  • Jumbotrons & Thundersticks: Parent Revolution Throws a Convention

    Jumbotrons & Thundersticks: Parent Revolution Throws a Convention

    • November 20, 2014

    The big white tent at Los Angeles Trade Technical College was festooned with balloons, draped in orange and white pennants and full of music. Swelling gospel-flavored sounds, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and the ubiquitous party song “No te Metes con Mi Cucu” signaled a break in the program after a parade of speakers. The

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  • LAUSD Puts Parent Trigger on Safety

    LAUSD Puts Parent Trigger on Safety

    • August 18, 2014

    A controversy surrounding the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) compliance with California’s contentious Parent Trigger law has apparently opened up a rift between key allies responsible for passing the state’s so-called Parent Empowerment Act. LAUSD’s decision to grant itself a year’s recess from the 2010 trigger law’s provisions came to light only last week

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  • Public Schools, Private Agendas: Parent Revolution

    Public Schools, Private Agendas: Parent Revolution

    • April 2, 2013

    At first glance, it is one of the nation’s hottest new education-reform movements, a seemingly populist crusade to empower poor parents and fix failing public schools. But a closer examination reveals that the “parent-trigger” movement is being heavily financed by the conservative Walton Family Foundation, one of the nation’s largest and most strident anti-union organizations,

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