• It's time to pull the Parent Trigger

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  • It's time to make our schools work for students

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  • It’s time to bring education reform back to parents

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The Trigger

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.

Reform Options

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.

Quick Results

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.

School Choice Weekly

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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.

In the News

Tennessee Considers Parent Trigger Legislation

By jpullmann For several years, Tennessee parents and bipartisan legislators have worked to pass a Parent Trigger law to let […]

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Research & Commentary: Tennessee Parent Trigger

By amonahan Joy Pullmann April 11, 2014 Tennessee legislators are considering an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: […]

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Oklahoma Lawmaker Plans to Offer Parent Trigger Bill

By jpullmann One lawmaker is working to push Oklahoma to follow the example of California and a handful of other […]

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Research & Commentary: Oklahoma Parent Trigger

By amonahan Joy Pullmann March 17, 2014 Oklahoma legislators are considering an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: […]

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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

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It's as easy as...

1. Pass the Parent Trigger law…

2. Call your friends and neighbors…

3. Watch your school transform!

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