No child should be sentenced to a poor education because of their ZIP Code. The Parent Trigger puts parents back in charge of their children’s future.
We are fortunate that Louisiana is one of the states that has adopted a Parent Trigger. This reform helps to make schools more accountable and it empowers parents. The public sector should not be immune to the consequences of failure. I hope more states will make the Parent Trigger available.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the creation of â€˜parent triggerâ€™ policy initiatives that include: Empowering parents with information about their childâ€™s schoolâ€™s performance so they can make informed decisions about their educational options; Empowering a majority of parents whose children attend one of the stateâ€™s persistently lowest-achieving schools to sign a petition to turnaround that school; Allowing parents to choose from one of at least four intervention options to improve their childâ€™s school: turnaround, restart, school closure, or transformation; Establishing clear guidelines for the petition process and format, and ensuring parentsâ€™ privacy and protection from harassment and intimidation from those opposed to the petition; Requiring districts to implement the parent-selected intervention option within a specified time period; Enabling parents to appeal to state officials if the local district fails to act.
While still new in education policy, parent trigger programs put the power of overhauling poor performing schools in the hands of parentsâ€¦Parents know whatâ€™s best for their children and deserve to have options when choosing the educational model that best fits the needs of their family
Why would anyone resist giving parents information about their childâ€™s education, or giving them the power to say â€˜Enough is enough?’
The parent trigger law has attracted attention from legislators across the nation who are looking to put the “public” back into fractured public education systemsâ€¦The law itself is sound. What we need to change is the political environment on the ground so that parents don’t feel intimidated when they exercise their rightsâ€¦The law has already inspired great passion on all sides. Now we need to ensure that its intention is realized and that parents aren’t thwarted when they demand better schools for their children.
The California Parent Trigger is a historic new law that gives parents in California the right to organize and demand a real change at their childâ€™s failing school.Â Under the Parent Trigger, parents at persistently low-performing schools can organizeÂ and transform their school based on what’s good for children, not adults.
Parent trigger laws introduce a way for parents to circumvent local school districts unwilling or unable to improve failing schools and directly initiate reformsâ€¦Â If carefully crafted, a parent trigger law in New York will empower citizens themselves design the overhaul of the hundreds of schools serving thousands of students, reform that has been avoided by an often immobile and unresponsive education system.
The parent triggerâ€™s power is that it enables impassioned parents to break the grip of school boards that placidly preside over educational malpractice year after year.
Lawmakers should seize the moment we are in to allow parents to take ownership of their childâ€™s school. No matter which side of the aisle you are sitting on, we can all agree on the need to serve students, not protect a system.