24th-st.One of the challenges facing teachers and administrators, is the new and growing trend of campus takeovers using the “Parent Trigger,” the California law passed in 2010 which allows parents to take control of failing schools. This is the first year that any schools are opening after having gone through the trigger process. Three LAUSD schools attempted to implement the trigger last year, but the 24th Street Complex was the only one to see it through all the way. Parents decided on a unique change for the school: a merger between the district elementary school and a charter school called Crown Prep. The process was not easy — parents were divided about the trigger and at some points there were even allegations of fraud on the part of petition signature collectors. Still, the change has occurred. Now, as the newly formed “24th Street Complex” prepares to open for fall classes, Alex Schmidt takes an up close look at a school in transition. 

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