Senator Bob Huff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2015
CONTACT: Richard Rea @ 714-671-9474
Elected Leaders Team Up to Recognize Courageous Parents
Resolution Presentation Ceremony Tomorrow in Fullerton
SACRAMENTO: Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) and Assemblymember Young Kim (R-Fullerton) will present a resolution from the California State Legislature to the courageous parents who used the Parent Trigger Act to promote and enforce positive changes at Palm Lane Elementary School in the Anaheim City School District.
The resolution presentation will take place Thursday, May 28th at the Fullerton Public Library – Main Library, Conference Center, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave. in Fullerton at 5 PM. Senator Huff has led the fight to expand school choice for parents and students through the Open Enrollment Act, legislation that he authored in 2010 leading to the creation of the Parent Trigger law.
“I applaud the work that these parents, and other individuals and organizations, have done to better the quality of public education,” said Senator Huff. “All children deserve a quality public education that will prepare them for academic success. There is no excuse for our public schools to continue failing our students. We must find ways to strengthen our public education system so that all of our children succeed. We must provide options, whether it is through traditional public schools, or public charter schools. All options should be available to our children.”
Senator Huff was first approached by a group of parents from Palm Lane Elementary last year. They expressed concerns regarding the school’s academic performance and asked Senator Huff for assistance. In 2013, the California Department of Education reported that Palm Lane Elementary School had an Academic Performance Index (API) score of 746. This represented a drop in performance when compared to previous years. The school was ranked in the bottom 20 percent of California schools.
The law gives California parents the ability to intervene in their child’s school if it is performing poorly. With enough signatures from parents, any number of actions can be taken against low performing schools. These can include converting it to a public charter school, replacing the school’s administration and faculty or, if warranted, closing the school altogether.
For more information, please contact Richard Rea at (714) 671-9474.
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Minority Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter @bobhuff99.