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Parent Trigger Law

Can Parents Save American Education?

Jean Johnson | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Jean Johnson

Most American parents readily agree with the premise that parents are a crucial ingredient in a child's educational success. But what exactly do we mean by "parental involvement"?

A Surprising New Twist On Latest Parent-Trigger Effort

San Bernardino County Sun, Calif. | BEAU YARBROUGH | Posted 07.14.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A group of parents appear ready to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to enact sweeping changes at their elementary school. ...

Failing LAUSD School Targeted In Parent Trigger Law Petition

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2013 | Los Angeles

By Brandon Lowrey LOS ANGELES, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Parents at an underperforming Los Angeles elementary school are seeking to wrest con...

Board OKs Charter Takeover Of California Public School

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. The real-life version of “Won’t Back Down” — the recent movie t...

Parents Choose New Charter Operator In First Ever 'Parent Trigger'

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 12.19.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. A small group of parents in Adelanto, Calif., became the first in the n...

First 'Parent Trigger' Moves To A Crucial Vote After Court Ruling

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 12.17.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. About nine months ago, at a small park playground a few hundred feet from their children's...

School Choice Programs Expanded Nationwide Despite Heavy Opposition

Posted 10.11.2012 | Education

In an article titled “School Choice Marches Forward” for Education Next, Jonathan Butcher, Education Director for the Goldwater Institute, examine...

No Hollywood Ending For Struggling Real-Life 'Won't Back Down' School

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Doreen Diaz left the red carpet movie premiere of “Won’t Back Down” in New York City...

What Won't Back Down Doesn't Get Quite Right

Mark Phillips | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Mark Phillips

Won't Back Down will not enlighten. It will feed polarization and contribute to the misguided habits of thought that already plague educational policy-making in this country.

Won't Back Down: Myth-Making Can't Stand Up to Real Life Education Heroes

Nancy Schniedewind | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Nancy Schniedewind

Won't Back Down portrays the heroism of one parent and one teacher fighting harmful educational practices by taking over their school. Their victory is as mythic as it is misleading.

De-Bunking Some Common Myths About Parent Trigger

Eric Lerum | Posted 11.29.2012 | Education
Eric Lerum

A posting here last week exposed some common misperceptions about parent trigger, an important education reform policy that is gaining national attention due to the release of the film Won't Back Down.

Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Daniel Barnz

In recent weeks there has been heated discussion about the nature of the Goliath in Won't Back Down, but for me much of this debate tragically misses the point -- both of the film and of the issue itself: It's not about us. It's about our kids.

Parents 'Won't Back Down' From School Choice

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Can a feature-length movie help promote the reform of our schools?

'Won't Back Down' Film Pushes ALEC Parent Trigger Proposal

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Mary Bottari

As the movie's stars take to the airwaves this week to promote the film, it is unlikely they will discuss the agenda of the film's billionaire backers or the right-wing politicians and for-profit firms who are promoting the parent trigger idea.

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...

Big Win For Parents In California: Failing School Takeover Approved

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 09.22.2012 | Education

LOS ANGELES — The effort to have parents drive school reform received a substantial boost with a court ordering a San Bernardino County school d...

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...

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...

Profit Empowerment Not Parent Empowerment

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 03.11.2012 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

My goal is to stop the systematic dismantling of public schools in our society as I believe they are the cornerstone of our democracy. My goal is also to stop the wasteful distribution of my tax dollars. This is a prime example.

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.

'Unions' Empower Parents To Push For Education Reform

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education

LOS ANGELES — Shoehorned into a small living room in a South Los Angeles apartment, a dozen parents discuss why their kids' school ranks as one ...

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...