Compton parents first to pull parent trigger’

Parents from a struggling elementary school in Compton said Monday they have enough signatures to become the first to use the state's parent trigger' law for reorganizing a school.

McKinley Elementary is ranked among the lowest 10 percent of elementary schools statewide when compared to similar demographic schools. The school reports that nearly three-quarters of fifth graders are not proficient in reading or math. McKinley has also been in Program Improvement, as defined under federal law, for five years.

Parents say they want to reopen the school as a charter.

With support from the Los Angeles-based Parent Revolution - one of the state's largest and newest parent activist groups - families attending the school say they have collected petitions signed by 61 percent of parents, well above the 50 percent required under the new law.

The law, approved last year as part of the state's unsuccessful bid for a federal Race to the Top grant, allows parents to trigger' a restructuring of a school that can include firing the principal and staff.

Petitions are expected to be delivered to the Compton School District today.

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