Parents are allowed to circulate petitions calling for their local schools to be reformed. If a majority of parents sign a valid petition, school district officials must do what the parents ask.
Parents may choose to send their children to a different public school, convert the school into a charter school, or receive opportunity scholarships to send their children to the private school of their choice. It’s up to parents, not administrators, to choose the reform option that will work best.
Reforms must be implemented at the start of the next school year. No more waiting for years for complicated “turn-around” or “transformation” schemes to be implemented and begin to show results. Children are moved quickly to better schools, and start learning more right away.
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Sen. Michael Watson, Mississippi
I’m a firm supporter of the Parent Trigger. Who knows a child better than his or her parent? No one. That is why parents should be able to have a stronger voice in determining what type of an education their children receive and deserve.
Rep. Paul Scott, Michigan
Empowering parental choice is a vital component to reforming education. Keeping the focus on what is best for kids will allow both of us to improve education.
Sen. Bill Montford, Florida
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the more parental involvement you have, the better for children.
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RiShawn Biddle, Editor, Dropout Nation
It just makes sense for families to take charge of neighborhood schools from central bureaucracies and teachers’ union affiliates distant from their concerns for their children, or at the very least, use Parent Trigger laws to become lead decision-makers in the school with the district paying heed.
Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Florida
I’m really excited about the parent-trigger movement…where parents that have no power and have been cast aside for way too long now have been given the power to say, ‘If my school is not working I want a say on how to change it.
American Federation for Children
While still new in education policy, parent trigger programs put the power of overhauling poor performing schools in the hands of parents…Parents know what’s best for their children and deserve to have options when choosing the educational model that best fits the needs of their family