California has a rare opportunity to pioneer an important and meaningful education reform for our most vulnerable students.
The state Board of Education had better not mess this up.
At issue is California's brand-new "parent trigger" law, which squeaked through the State Legislature in 2010.
The law gives parents of students in chronically failing schools the ability to organize and demand major changes, including charter conversion. It's a small law - only 75 of California's absolutely worst schools are eligible, out of a total of 9,000 - and it's already being used as a model for similar bills in Georgia and Missouri.
No sooner was the ink dry on the law than a majority of parents at McKinley Elementary School in Compton scrambled to use it. Now those parents are in court - thanks to a breathtakingly hostile school district - and the state Board of Education, along with new state Superintendent Tom Torlakson, is trying to stop other parents from using the law.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
SFGate: On Giving Parents a Voice in their Children's Education
This from SFGate: