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Parent Trigger Laws: What Leading Thinkers Have To Say

| Posted 08.06.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Parents in Adelanto, Calif., scored a victory for advocates of the "par...

Louisiana Sets Rules For Landmark School Voucher Program

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

* Louisiana has the most sweeping voucher program in U.S. * Governor says it spurs competition, expands choice * Critics...

Parents Know Best: Let's Start Acting Like It

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Why is the education community so fearful of increased parental involvement? Isn't that what we say we want? The answer lies somewhere at the intersection of power and control.

U.S. Mayors Back Parents Seizing Control Of Schools

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | Education

* Teachers' unions fiercely oppose "parent trigger" laws * Many Democratic mayors split with unions on issue * Opponents...

Parents To Help Pick New Principals

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 04.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. In what may become a universal practice, parents from Edgewood Magnet School will have a ...

California School Board Blocks Parent Takeover Bid

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education

By Troy Anderson ADELANTO, Calif., March 28 (Reuters) - A group of activist parents in this impoverished community were thwarted again...

Hostile Takeover: Parents Seek Control Of Failing School In High-Stakes U.S. Education Reform

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2012 | Education

(Corrects information about the founding of Parent Revolution, adds that union backed anti-trigger activist in Florida, clarifies proposed structure...

Education by the Numbers

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.18.2012 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Given these discouraging statistics, it comes as no surprise that teacher satisfaction is at a 20-year low. Nearly a third of teachers said they are likely to leave the profession. No other industry would stand for this massive brain drain.

Florida Rejects Bill To Give Parents More Power Over Schools

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education

By Michael Peltier TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 9 (Reuters) - Florida's state Senate narrowly killed a bill on Friday that would have allo...

State, City At Odds On Parent-Teacher 'School Governance Council' Mandate

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 05.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. In a dispute that will determine whether New Haven must overhaul the way it engages paren...

Florida Bills Would Allow Parents To Fire Teachers, Require Teachers To Grade Parents

Posted 03.31.2012 | Education

Two bills in the Florida legislature would give parents overarching power to demand sweeping changes at low-performing schools. Under the first par...

Desert Trails Elementary School Makes History

Ben Austin | Posted 03.19.2012 | Education
Ben Austin

Last Thursday, the parents of Desert Trails Elementary School -- a small, working-class desert community roughly 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles -- ...

No Magic Solutions

Ben Austin | Posted 02.27.2012 | Education
Ben Austin

It makes sense that in complicated times, we grasp for quick fixes. But when it comes to public education, unfortunately there is no magic spell to turn around decades of failure.

Diane Ravitch: Proving Why Parents Need a Revolution

Ben Austin | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education
Ben Austin

Unfortunately, it has become clear over the past two years that those who currently hold power view parent empowerment as a threat and, therefore, will do whatever they can to stop it.

An Abbreviated Story of Labor: What Once Was but Is No More

Jeanne Allen | Posted 11.04.2011 | Education
Jeanne Allen

This Labor Day, let's resolve to change the system that once was needed but is no more. All of our great labors day in and day out aside, our schools and public institutions need the right to put results and effort first.

When Adults Need to Act Like Grown Ups

Ben Austin | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education
Ben Austin

It was no surprise that all sides retreated to comfortable ideological corners when the American Federation of Teachers accidentally released their secret plan to "kill" the Parent Trigger.

Parent Empowerment and Randi Weingarten

Ben Austin | Posted 10.10.2011 | Education
Ben Austin

We at Parent Revolution cannot march together with AFT until AFT stops pretending that parent involvement is the same thing as parent empowerment.

Time to Set the Record Straight

Randi Weingarten | Posted 10.10.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

In this day and age, attacking educators seems to be the norm, but I took notice last week when a blogger attacked me for a badly worded presentation concerning a Connecticut law designed to empower parents to improve their children's schools.

Teachers Union Responds To Complaints On Parent Power Views

Dropout Nation | RiShawn Biddle | Posted 10.04.2011 | Education

After yesterday’s Dropout Nation report on the American Federation of Teachers’ Parent Trigger presentation, the union’s has responded with a st...

State OKs Regulation To Give Parents More Power Over Schools

Posted 09.12.2011 | Education

The California State Board of Education unanimously voted today to tentatively approve a set of rules that outlines and gives parents more power to dr...

Parents Fight Against Failing Schools Nationwide

Ben Austin | Posted 08.24.2011 | Education
Ben Austin

Across our country, parents everywhere are finding out that they have more in common with each other than they do with the defenders of the status quo.

'Trigger Law' Would Allow New York Parents To Fire Teachers, Principals

Posted 08.14.2011 | Education

A proposed state law would give New York parents significantly more power over their children's schools. The so called "trigger law" would allow pare...

Compton Parents Gain Ground In Fight To 'Trigger' School Reform

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Parents petitioning to convert their low-performing Compton elementary campus into a charter school won a temporary restraining order Thursday blockin...

Parents Revolt and Take Control of School

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

While the Compton Unified District scrambles to stop the parent's revolt, many of the parents who have been harassed by district employees are talking to the media.

Compton Parents Are First to Enact Parent Trigger

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

The Parent Trigger is an amazing tool for change because it empowers parents to make decisions on behalf of the single most important stakeholders in education reform: the students.