THE BLOG
12/04/2014 04:40 pm ET Updated Feb 03, 2015

Why I am Stepping Down from Parent Revolution

We have had many chapters in the story of Parent Revolution. Over the past six years, we have invented an idea, passed it into law, implemented it in the face of powerful opposition, built an organization and scaled a movement.

Every step along the way has been without precedent. We have made mistakes and we have had setbacks. But we have accomplished historic victories for kids while continuing to learn, grow and evolve.

We won the first-ever parent trigger campaign in American History. We helped parents at six schools use parent trigger in empowering and innovative new ways. We have spread parent trigger to states across the nation and helped transform a radical new idea into a national movement. And most important, we are beginning to demonstrate positive results for children.

In the wake of the successful Parent Power Convention and the recent agreement with the LAUSD to work collaboratively on Parent Trigger, we are at an inflection point. We have normalized the idea of parent power and institutionalized parent trigger into our legal and political framework.

That's a paradigm shift from when we launched six years ago. It also changes the nature of our work. It's now about long term movement and institution building. That requires a different kind of leadership.

Personally, it has been the great honor of my life to go on this journey. We have made history. But when I launched Parent Revolution, I had no gray hair. Six years later, I look like the leader of the grandparents revolution. It is time for change.

I am confident in the future of this movement and the future of this organization. That's because I am confident in the abilities and commitment of the Parent Revolution team, and the parents and children we serve. I also believe in the common sense theory of change undergirding our work: give parents power over the educational destiny of their own children to make the system to serve the interests of children, not adults.

There will be more bumps in the road along the journey. That is inevitable when operating in uncharted territory. But I can tell you that this new normal where parents now have power once seemed like an unachievable dream. On some days, the next chapter in the story will seem impossible. But when you step back and look at the arc of our journey, I could not be more confident that our dream of a kids-first agenda will ultimately come true.

I will be announcing soon my next role in the movement to reorient public education to serve the interests of children, not adults. I will always support this movement and I will do whatever is in my power to ensure its continued success. I will always march with the courageous parents who have shaped this movement. But it's time now for me to step back and let others take the lead.