Tag: Gloria Romero

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…]

Ed reform is left, right and center

The lineup for this week’s Jeb Bush education conference is further evidence that a growing centrist coalition has emerged to move the ball on education reform and school choice. This is the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s fifth national summit, and it grows in both stature and bipartisanship every year.[Read More…]

In Obama’s Term 2, a historic opportunity to expand parental school choice

President Obama has often called on us to be true to who we are as a people, as Americans. And in his second term, he has the opportunity to transform the education system back to our core – to where parents are primarily in charge of children’s educations. We have[Read More…]

Democratic tensions over school choice, parent trigger in Charlotte

Like the Democratic Party platform on education, this is no surprise: Democratic tension over school choice and parental empowerment is on display at in Charlotte. But some of the developments and statements are still worth logging in. StudentsFirst co-sponsored a special screening of the new movie “Won’t Back Down” at the[Read More…]

Diane Ravitch, please stop distorting the origins of the parent trigger

by Gloria Romero Diane Ravitch, are you listening? This is former state Sen. Gloria Romero calling. I am the author of California’s first Parent Trigger law, the first parent trigger law in the nation. Since I first wrote that law, some 15 other states have seen some version of the[Read More…]

Leading Democratic mayors back allegedly right-wing parent trigger

It’s getting harder and harder for critics to torpedo education reform ideas like the “parent trigger” by distorting political affiliations. The evidence just keeps getting in the way. The latest example is what happened at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Orlando last weekend. With prominent Democrats leading the[Read More…]