The image of crusading parents turning around their children’s failing public school is compelling. That’s why advocates of so-called “parent trigger” laws invoke it. But in most cases, the image is a simplistic sham.
“Parent trigger” bills the Florida Legislature is considering would let a majority of parents at a school with two straight F grades petition the school board to impose a turnaround plan that could include letting a for-profit charter school company take over management. Last Monday in The Palm Beach Post, Julia Johnson, a board member of Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future, wrote that the effect of a “parent empowerment” measure would be “the end of consecutive school failures because districts would be more proactive in preventing them.”
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