Parent Trigger

Mr. Gibbons’ Report Card: Parent empowerment, transparent transparency and sad, but happy birthdays

Gloria Romero   Gloria Romero, a former Democratic majority leader of the California Senate, helped pass a bill that required parents to be informed if their child attended a school in the bottom 10 percent of all public schools in California. If they did, the parents could stick around at[Read More…]

Gloria Romero gives parent empowerment a new push

California’s parent empowerment law spawned organizing campaigns aimed at transforming individual schools by parent petition, and went on to inspire legislative showdowns over similar “parent trigger” legislation across the country, including in Florida. Yet that was only half of what the law did.  Another part of the 2010 statute could affect students[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Catholics push for school choice, education races in ME and SC and more news

Alabama: Scott Beaulier, chair of the Economics and Finance Division at Troy University, says there is a large body of evidence supporting vouchers but the U.S. Department of Justice and others keep getting in the way (AL.com). The Alabama Education Association spent $7 million to defeat school choice and education reform[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Charter schools and civil rights, debating the merits of charters, and can parents be trusted?

Alabama: Cameron Smith, vice president of the Alabama Policy Institute, shows readers the students who benefit from the Alabama Accountability Act (AL.com). Arizona: Gil Shapiro, a spokesman for FreeThought Arizona, says parents can’t be trusted to home-school or choose a good school for their child (Arizona Daily Star). Linda Thomas, a[Read More…]