Parent Trigger Laws

I had never heard of Parent Trigger Laws until this blog proposed the question as a topic of discussion. If you have not heard of Parent Trigger Laws either, please visit this link. Please allow me to give a brief overview of what this law entails.

If parents feel that their children’s failing school is just not working, the parents have the right to demand change. Parents need to gather 51% of parental support in order to enact one of the four methods of turning the school around–bargaining power, turnaround, transformation, and charter conversion.

California was the first to pass this historic legislation in January 2010. Texas and Mississippi have followed suit and several other states have considered the matter.

This is powerful legislation and I am surprised it is not more present in the mainstream media.

I also can’t help but wonder if these parents got more involved in the school and with their child’s education before the problems escalated, if this parent trigger law approach would actually be necessary.

I am very curious about this law now and not quite sure where I stand on the debate over its merits.

I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this legislation or its effects. What are your thoughts? 

Let us know in the comments.


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