The California Center for Parent Empowerment was established by Senator Gloria Romero (Ret.) in order to empower public school parents–especially those with children trapped in chronically underperforming schools–to understand and use the Parent Empowerment Act of 2010. This law was written by Senator Romero in order to give parents real rights to transform failing schools on behalf of their children.
This year, the California Center for Parent Empowerment will focus particularly on one of the new rights given to parents under the Parent Empowerment Act: the Romero Open Enrollment Act. This law requires the California Department of Education to annually identify and release the list of the 1,000 chronically, underperforming schools. Many of these schools have remained on these lists for up to 13 years.
Officials have failed to utilize school transformation tools available to them under federal law- such as staff reconstitution or transforming into a charter. The parents have the right to be informed of their school’s standing so they can choose to remain there (hoping that the school eventually gets transformed) or to transfer to a higher performing school.
The California Center for Parent Empowerment will be holding a series of workshops at designated schools in Los Angeles in order to teach parents about the law and help them with their transfer options if parents decide they wish to transfer their child to a higher performing school. No child should be trapped in failing schools solely due to default geographic assignment: Zip Code.
The workshops will begin in September and will include the cities of South Gate and Bell. If your school is on the list and would like to attend one of the upcoming events, please visit www.parentempower.org or call us at 213.880.9259 for dates and times.