Los Angeles Unified schools chief to restore parent power to overhaul failing schools

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LOS ANGELES — The new head of Los Angeles Unified School District is reversing the district's previous position on California's "parent trigger" law, which allows parents to force radical action to reform a low-performing school if more than half of parents sign a simple petition.

Superintendent Ramon Cortines told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday (http://lat.ms/1Eu6aKb ) that he sees no reason not to allow parents to push for sweeping changes in failing schools.

He says it's important to give parents a choice.

The newspaper says the decision effectively overturns the stand taken last November by then-Superintendent John Deasy.

Cortines took over the district last month.

The group Parent Revolution says it is helping parents organize for change in at least five new schools, most of them in LA Unified.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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