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Jan 17, 2013 2:05 PM by The Associated Press

LA Unified parents file petition for school reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of parents filed a petition with the Los Angeles Unified School District demanding major reforms at an elementary school where fewer than a third of students read at grade level.

Superintendent John Deasy received the petitions, delivered in a children's red wagon on Thursday. He promised to meet with parents next week after reviewing them.

Parent Amabilia Villeda says parents want immediate change at the 24th Street Elementary School, which is located in an impoverished, immigrant neighborhood south of downtown Los Angeles.

The parents are using California's landmark "parent trigger" law. The law allows parents to force a district to undertake radical action to reform a low performing school if more than half of parents sign a simple petition.

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