Amabilia Villeda received a surprising phone call from her daughter's teacher one day — the sixth-grader could barely read.
"How did this happen?" Villeda said. "Now she's in eighth grade and reads at third-grade level."
On Thursday morning, Villeda and a group of parents plan to file a petition to demand that the Los Angeles Unified School District take action to improve academics at the 24th Street Elementary School, which Villeda's daughter attended and is one of the district's lowest performing grade schools — just 30 percent of students are proficient in reading and 35 percent in math.