Forty-nine percent of U.S. adults support Parent Trigger laws, which give parents the ability to petition for reforms at their children’s failing school, and 40 percent oppose such laws, finds a new poll.
In urban areas, 57 percent of adults support a Parent Trigger law. California passed the first such law in 2010, and now seven states have some version of it on the books.
“Parents should be the architects of their own children’s future,” said Gloria Romero, author of the California Parent Trigger law. “Parents want real rights, not just to be asked to show up at bake sales to raise money for schools. When a school doesn’t work for their child, they deserve another choice.”
Of the 1,000 people polled in May, the largest proportion (27 percent) said the best Parent Trigger reform would be to offer children a voucher for a better private school. Twenty-six percent said the best option would be replacing staff. And 20 percent favored using a Parent Trigger to convert a failing...
Are schools collecting too much personal information about kids? The world has become an intensive data-tracking place, with grocery stores tracking your eating habits and Google tracking your internet history and search terms. Schools are no exception. Bluegrass Institute education analyst Richard Innes, an old hand at the inner workings of student data collection, joins the podcast to discuss how even "anonymous" information on a child is no longer anonymous to any researcher with a decent...
Friday's ed news
Wisconsin holds a hearing on Common Core national education standards.
The South Carolina Senate passes an education tax credit bill.
In Texas, a charter school expansion and testing reduction bills become linked.
While the public trusts teachers to know what's best for schools, teachers do what's best for themselves.
Political payback on another bill sinks Missouri's Common Core repeal.
The governor's Maine school choice bills find bipartisan opposition...