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Charter Schools

Parents at L.A.'s 20th Street Elementary school file petition for charter status

Parents at an elementary school south of downtown Los Angeles have launched an effort to divorce their campus from L.A. Unified and create a charter school they believe will better serve their children’s needs.

The petition drive, announced Wednesday, was carried out with the help of locally based Parent Revolution, which has taken a lead role in organizing dissatisfied parents using a state law that makes it easier for parents to exert control at low-performing campuses.

Parents at 20th Street Elementary had been prepared to submit a petition nearly a year ago but backed down when the district pledged to address their concerns. Organizers now say the district failed...