A ‘Parent Trigger’ for New York: Empowering Parents to Reform Their Children’s Schools

New York’s Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability released a Parent Trigger policy brief outlining the state’s need for giving parents a directing voice in their children’s educations and how passing Parent Trigger legislation would help meet that need. It reviewed the history of Parent Trigger legislation, arguments for and against such laws, and school reform options parents could choose, and provided simple, three-page model legislation tailored to New York state. The brief offers several salient arguments for legislators including opportunity scholarship (or voucher) modules and what it calls a “Mayoral Academies Model,” where failing schools would be placed directly under the control of a local leader such as a mayor.

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“A ‘Parent Trigger’ for New York: Empowering Parents to Reform Their Children’s Schools,” Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, August 2012: http://www.nyfera.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FERA-Report-Parent-Trigger-for-NY.pdf