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“The nation is watching this evening. California is watching,” said former California state Senator Gloria Romero, who co-sponsored the legislation.

The outcome of Wednesday’s meeting marked the second time the Adelanto board has denied a petition submitted by families seeking a takeover, finding they fell short in collecting valid signatures from parents representing at least half of the 642 students at Desert Trails Elementary.

The petition drive has been fraught with acrimony as the two sides accused each other of fraud and forgery in trying to meet the 50-percent threshold or in presenting rescission affidavits from parents who claimed they were misled into initially giving their support.

“I could care less if I don’t get elected to office again, but today I stand for all of Adelanto in saying we will not be duped by anybody,” school board member Jermaine Wright said in explaining her vote against the petition. March 28, 2012

Even after a second rejection, it appeared the debate in Adelanto, a community of about 31,000 people made up predominantly of low-income minorities, was far from over.

California Parent Trigger Law: Adelanto School Board Blocks Takeover Bid


  1. Parent Revolution, the nonprofit organization backing the latest CA parent trigger petition in Adelanto, needs to apply some common sense. They had parents sign two different petitions and submitted the least favorite one to the district. They call it strategy to get district to negotiate. State Senator Gloria Romero, the author of the parent trigger law, initially called their two petition strategy a dubious strategic choice. No wonder parents rescinded their signatures. You only need one petition at the ready to threaten a district to negotiate under the parent trigger law – not two. How does having parents sign two different petitions and submit the least favorite choice a strategy to convince a district to negotiate? I’m in favor of parent empowerment and that argument sounds dubious to me too.

    • Carlos, I think it’s fair to say that the Parent Revolution organization strategy in Adelanto was flawed. Romero has certainly been candid about that. (I quoted her here:; I have a much longer story in the works for City Journal California.) We should distinguish, however, between a confusing and perhaps unwise strategy, and a strategy that relies on outright fraud. Parent Revolution uncovered at least four instances of forged or altered “rescission petitions.” Adelanto district officials acknowledged those petitions were bogus and agreed to exclude them from the count. The trouble is, nobody has any idea whether the forgeries or alterations begin or end with those four examples. Adelanto refused to look more deeply. So far, the San Bernardino County District Attorney hasn’t agreed to launch an independent investigation.

      Quite apart from Romero’s criticism of Parent Revolution’s strategy in Adelanto, she is unwavering in support of the law she wrote, and in her belief that something is very wrong with the way Adelanto’s school board handled the petition process. As she told us on the radio the other day, the school board listened to three hours of public comment before voting unanimously and without much in the way of discussion to reject the resubmitted petitions. Most reasonable observers would conclude the board had its mind made up, and it didn’t matter what the public had to say.