Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after reports that the Compton parents who came together to turn-around the failing McKinley Elementary School earlier this week have been subjected to harassment and intimidation:
"It was truly disturbing to learn that there are individuals out there who would threaten and intimidate parents whose only concern is ensuring a bright future for their child. Each and every one of the McKinley Elementary parents who signed the petition in favor of the turn-around model is incredibly courageous. These men and women are standing up to the establishment and demanding change in the name of a quality education for their children; and they should be commended, not condemned. I stand firmly in the corner of these parents and will do everything in my power to defend their right to have a real voice in their children's education."
On Tuesday, December 7, a group of Compton parents became the first to use the new Parent Trigger law to turn around their children's failing school, McKinley Elementary. Parent Trigger is an historic new California law that the Governor championed. Under this new law, a part of the Race to the Top legislation the Governor was instrumental in passing last year, when 51 percent of the parents at any failing school in California sign an official Parent Trigger petition, they can force the school district to transform the school under any of the school turnaround options laid out by President Obama's administration. The parents gathered the signatures of over 60 percent of their fellow parents and delivered the petition to the Compton Unified School District.