The first-ever use of the parent trigger, one of the very few ever in any state, was at the Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto, California. The Gates-, Walton-, and Broad-funded Parent Revolution sent in organizers to gather signatures from parents to convert the low-scoring school into a charter. When the petitions were presented, many parents asked to have their names withdrawn because they did not understand that they were signing away their public school. The matter went to court, and the judge held that the dissidents could not take their name off the petition. The battle over the school split the community. (see here and here and here.)


Now the school board has voted to withdraw the charter. Charter supporters vow to go to court to stay open.