This week’s TIME School of Thought column takes a look at the hot issue of the “parent trigger.” Big time pols weighing in, furious lobbying on both sides, and lots of action. But what happens the day after the trigger is successfully pulled?
If your child’s school is lousy, would you want the option to band together with other parents and take it over? That’s the idea behind “parent trigger” legislation that enables parents in low-performing schools to vote to change the governance of their children’s school — and remove teachers and the principal if they want to. Although only four states have enacted such a law (California was the first to do so in 2010), legislators in Florida are debating this week whether it should become the fifth, and similar bills are pending in a dozen states.