BIG things are happening in public education in several states that if the trend spreads across the nation, could turn our public schools on their rooftops. Not only is the state and local charter revolution in full swing (with the strong support of President Obama and Arne Duncan), there are plenty of schools exercising their rights using a new legal action available in four states called the Parent Trigger. One school in California, Desert Trails was recently successful in taking control of their school from their local school board.
These days, parents are almost universally frustrated with their children’s public schools and the media has responded. Another new movie, called “Won’t Back Down” was made documenting a fictional journey to school independence similar to Desert Trails. Read about it in the USA Today article below. Then read a condensed version of the victory letter sent out by the grassroots parent organization called Parent Revolution that was instrumental in helping Desert Trails in their struggle.
Please click here to read the USA Today article.
Three weeks ago history was made when the parents of Desert Trails Elementary School in California won the legal fight over their Parent Trigger petition.
For years, the parents of Desert Trails have battled against a school district unwilling to cooperate or collaborate in improving conditions at a school consistently ranking in the lowest 10% of all schools in California.
Fed-up with getting the run-around from the district, the parents formed the Desert Trails Parent Union and successfully took the district to court, despite numerous obstacles and legal challenges. …..
Parent Revolution has been proud to stand with the Desert Trails Parent Union, supporting them at every step as they fight for their children – and for quality education. We will continue to do so in the coming weeks and months as they work to transform their school.
And we will also continue to work with other parent groups in California, and across America, who believe their children’s school can be doing better. Our commitment is to empowering parents everywhere through organizing.
This is history in the making. Never before have we seen parents achieve the parents of Desert Trails achieved in the past three weeks.
I hope you will help us build and expand on this momentous victory.
Interesting isn’t it? What would be the chances of our legislators passing a law allowing the Parent Trigger in Georgia?