More States Consider ‘Parent Trigger’ Laws

Source: Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week, Published Online: March 21, 2013

The push for the “parent trigger” option for turning around struggling schools continues, with new laws under consideration in 12 states’ legislative sessions, even as such laws already on the books remain unused in all but one of the seven states that have them.

Many education advocates opposed to what they view as efforts to privatize and corporatize public schools are watching with trepidation as lawmakers in Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and elsewhere review parent-trigger bills. Opponents argue that the mechanism ultimately hurts schools and ruptures communities.

Meanwhile, as of mid-March, three other states—California, Indiana, and Texas—were also considering revisions to their existing parent-trigger laws. …