KPLC Channel 7 in Louisiana had a great local news story about their state’s newly passed Parent Trigger law, which passed with strong bipartisan support in April of this year:
Momentum in Louisiana has continued to build for parent empowerment since the law’s passage earlier this year. In June, the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education officially adopted its own Parent Trigger implementing regulations, which were modeled after California’s own groundbreaking and empowering regulations.
Currently, 20 percent of the schools in Louisiana would meet the criteria that delineates a failing school, meaning an unacceptable amount of students in Louisiana are not receiving the education they deserve. Louisiana has deemed a failing school as one that has received a state-issued D or F for three consecutive years. The adoption of a Parent Trigger policy puts the power in the hands of the parents, giving them an ability to bring about the transformation of a school that has been failing its students for far too long.
While this is excellent news for students and parents in Louisiana, it is also great news for the parent empowerment movement as a whole. Between Louisiana’s Parent Trigger progress and the US Conference of Mayors’ recent unanimous, bipartisan endorsement of the Parent Trigger as part of its education platform, it is clear that the parent empowerment movement is growing every day as progressive leaders across the country stand with parents to ensure they can transform their children’s schools through community organizing.