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What Happens After Fed-Up Parents Take Over a School

The Adelanto parents succeeded in invoking the trigger law and getting the board to approve a new charter operator on January 8, 2013. Their victory followed an 18-month campaign riddled with bureaucratic and legal challenges, and allegations of fraud and harassment. The fight pitted parents against teachers, school board members, and other parents.

But so far, the transition has been much less dramatic than the process to make it happen. Halfway through its first school year under charter management, the newly named Desert Trails Preparatory Academy has retained a majority of the neighborhood students. The healing process has begun for the community.