California has produced some interesting laws over the years, many of them by referendum; but it is still surprising that, last year, the state legislature passed America’s most powerful school-choice law, giving parents the ability to seize control of schools from teachers’ unions.
In 2010, parents in Compton, on the South Side of Los Angeles, made use of that tool, called the “parent trigger,” for the first time: After gathering the signatures of 63 percent of the parents of children attending Benjamin McKinley Elementary School, they demanded that it be transformed into a charter school.
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