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More On That Adelanto School Board Decision

Hillel Aron | August 20, 2012

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As we mentioned earlier, the Adelanto school board voted, on friday night, to set up a “community advisory board” to reform the parent-trigger targeted Desert Trails Elementary, but to reject the petition for a charter.

“They decided they could thumb their nose at the court decision,” Parent Revolution spokesman David Phelps told me today.

Phelps also said that one board member, Jermaine Wright, showed up to the meeting with a pair of handcuffs, saying he would rather go to jail than comply with the judge’s order. Wright has yet to respond to my request for comment.

The district’s justification for rejecting the proposed charter, according to the LA Times, was that “there was insufficient time to start one up for the current school year.” Indeed, that school year began today. But Phelps called the argument “nonsensical,” since the parents weren’t asking for a charter this year, but next year.

Parent Revolution’s pro bono attorney is researching what their next step should be, although it will likely involve another lawsuit.

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