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Empowering San Diego parents in education

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
La Prensa San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Ben Austin explains how “Parent Trigger” empowers parents to transform under-performing schools.

A group of San Diego parents gathered this week to kick off a nine-city tour that will encourage parents across California to get involved in their children’s education to foster positive changes in their schools.

Parent Revolution kicked off a nine-city Parent Power Express Bus Tour on Tuesday, Sept. 13 in San Diego with UP for Ed, a grassroots, parent empowerment organization.

The two-day tour will engage parent groups and allies across California from San Diego to Fresno, and from Los Angeles to Sacramento, where parents will showcase how they’re transforming their children’s under-performing schools through various efforts, including Parent Trigger.

Parent Revolution is a “Parent Trigger” advocacy group who recently saw some positive influence on the new law in Sacramento.

The mission of UP for Ed is to ensure a kids-first agenda by engaging, empowering and mobilizing parents of San Diego Unified School District.

The “Parent Trigger,” Parent Empowerment law (SBX5 4), is a new law that gives parents in California the right to force a transformation of their child’s current or future failing school.

All parents need to do is organize – if 51 percent of them get together and sign an official Parent Trigger petition, they have the power to force their school district to transform the school.

These San Diego Unified School District parents with UP for Ed hope to empower parents to transform under-performing schools and make kids’ achievement a top priority.

Of course, they’re greatest population of concern is Latino students.

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