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February 4, 2013

Charter Pulse

24th-street-elementary-schoolAmabilia Villeda had no idea her daughter couldn’t read.

It wasn’t until the girl had moved on from the 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles that the Spanish-speaking mother of three was told her sixth-grader was reading at below the first-grade level.

Now, in eighth grade, she reads at a third-grade level. Her son, a third-grader, also has fallen behind.

“You can’t talk to the principal,” Villeda said through a translator. “(I) tried to talk to the teachers (at 24th Street), but there was no result.”

Villeda is one of a group of parents working with the Los Angeles-based Parent Revolution, the advocacy group that helped pass the state’s “parent trigger” law in 2010. The law allows parents who gather enough signatures – equal to 50 percent or more of the families enrolled – to force dramatic changes on how a failing school is run.

The group has helped…

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