The California Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments this Thursday, February 23 in the Parent Trigger Law petition case regarding Palm Lane Elementary School in Anaheim.
It has been more than two years since a group of Latino, mostly immigrant Palm Lane parents filed a petition under the state Parent Trigger Law to convert their low-performing school into an independent public charter school – as is their right. 67% of the school’s parents and legal guardians signed the petition. The Anaheim Elementary School District has been fighting them tooth-and-nail ever since, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers to stop these parents from sending their kids to a charter school. They were subject to a campaign of disinformation by the public school unions and “informational” efforts by the district to dissuade parents from signing the petition. The ACSD Board of Education denied the petition in kangaroo-court fashion that was so biased and unfair a Superior Court judge condemned it as “unfair, unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious” when he ruled in favor of the petitioning parents.
Due to the Anaheim Elementary School District’s hostility, intransigence and contempt for the will of Palm Lane families, many of the children whose parents signed the Parent Trigger Law petition are aging-out of Palm Lane school, and will never have the chance to attend the charter school for which their parents fought. This is great injustice wrought by the AESD Board and superintendent. It’s immoral. It’s representative of a system that talks about “the children” but is primarily interested in control, money and perpetuating the status quo.
It’s worth noting that Kris Murray and Lucille Kring — the two local Anaheim elected officials routinely denounced by progressive “community activists” as caring more about the Resort and Anaheim Hills than about “the people” – have championed these parents and their families. At the same time, the progressive activists who anoint themselves the voice of the people have either been silent about the Palm Lane parents’ struggle or actively opposed to them. I have never seen a single one of these so-called community organizers – who claim to represent the powerless against the powerful — lift a finger on behalf of the poor and working-class immigrant families working overcome fierce opposition from the government and government unions in order to provide a better education for their kids. Here are actual, real, identifiable immigrant residents they can help – and nada. Parents and children don’t pay union dues.
The oral arguments are this Thursday, February 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the California Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, 601 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, California 92701.