Just last week, Andy Rotherham took time in his School of Thought column to discuss the Parent Trigger movement that we see spreading across the nation. At its core, Mr. Rotherham understood the need for Parent Trigger:
"As the father of school-aged children, it’s hard for me to oppose the parent trigger, and I don’t. But I do see school choice as a more sustainable way to give parents options and control in the long run. If my own children’s school was failing, my wife and I would pull them out and send them somewhere else. But too few families have that ability, and the resulting desperation many parents – particularly poor parents – are experiencing is a national travesty."
Parent Trigger is no magic solution to our educational woes but it is pushing our nation to change our paradigm of thought on education. It is challenging the status quo to make every single public school in our nation a great place for children to grow and learn. While Mr. Rotherham believes that part of the solution must happen after a school has been triggered, the Parent Union model that has developed from the Trigger law has changed the dialogue between district officials and union leaders. This deeper collaboration is what is possible with the Parent Trigger.