“It may be enlightening to ask your media to “follow the money” when it comes to the funding for this movie. Walden Media, the same company that produced Waiting for Superman, funded the movie. Walden Media is owned by oil billionaire Philip Anschutz. Anschutz funds organizations that promote parent trigger laws, allowing more public schools to be turned over to alternative providers.”
What a bunch of self-serving elitist garbage.
No one has suggested the “parent trigger” is a silver bullet. It’s one tool parents can use in a few states to gain the leverage they need to force improvement in miserable schools. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s also a handy tool to help get the attention of schools boards that are not listening to parents.
Parent Trigger efforts have never “misfired.” They have failed to be implemented (so far) in two communities in California because local teachers unions and school boards have done everything possible to block the process proscribed by law. The efforts haven’t had a chance to succeed due to interference from the education establishment. There has been no opportunity to measure the effectiveness of parent trigger laws and the defenders of the status quo want to keep it that way. It’s obvious that the education establishment fears this fictional movie because it tells a great deal of truth. The last thing union leaders and school administrators want is thousands of parents across the nation asking questions about the quality of their children’s schools and demanding necessary changes.
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