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ERIC Number: ED553695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
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Parent Trigger: No Silver Bullet. A Policy Brief
Center for Education Organizing
In statehouses across the country, Parent Trigger legislation is being proposed as a remedy to the nation's education crisis. These laws authorize parents--through a petition drive at their child's school --to force their school district to convert that public school into a charter, replace its staff and leadership, or even close it down. Supporters of Parent Trigger laws argue that they empower parents, giving them the ability to force dramatic changes to improve low-performing schools. Critics argue that the laws do not give real, sustained power to parents; that the interventions authorized through Parent Trigger have no track record of actually improving schools; and that the laws are being used to privatize public schools through chartering. This brief reviews the history and current status of Parent Trigger legislation, presents a critique of the legislation, and suggests alternative ways to meet the stated goals of a Parent Trigger.
Center for Education Organizing. Available from: Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI 02912. Tel: 212-328-9280; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
Identifiers - Location: California; Indiana; Louisiana; Mississippi; Ohio; Texas