In June, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution in support of “parent trigger” laws, which allow parents to band together and force change–including, in some instances, conversion of their local traditional public schools into charter schools. Mayors back parents seizing control of schools, Stephanie Simon, Reuters, June 18, 2012.
Many of these mayors are Democrats. But, many Democrats oppose “parent trigger” laws. For example, see Why Democrats Should Oppose Parent Trigger Laws, Jeff Bryant, Campaign for America’s Future blog, March 15, 2012.
Texas has a limited “parent trigger” law. Texas “Parent Trigger” for Charter Conversion of Neighborhood Schools Has Limited Scope, Texas AFT Legislative Hotline blog, February 24, 2012.
Now there’s even a “parent trigger” movie, “Won’t Back Down,” opening September 28. Here’s the trailer: