Florida policymakers should have realized by now that something isn't right with their proposed "parent trigger" legislation. After all, the very parents the bill would be empowering are organizing against it.
As Valerie Strauss points out on her Washington Post blog The Answer Sheet, Florida parents aren't fooled by the illusion of choice that "parent triggers" represent. Allowing parents to hand over their local schools to private or charter management companies isn't how you help low-performing schools improve.
"Many parents see the parent trigger as a divisive measure that is more about converting traditional public schools into charter schools – which are often run by for-profit entities – than about finding authentic ways to improve education for kids.
'It has everything to do with laying the groundwork for the hostile, corporate takeover of public schools,' Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich of Weston, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. 'Parents will divide against parents and even children will divide against children.'"
Check out the rest of Strauss' column here.