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Jindal Embraces Version of The Heartland Institute’s Parent Trigger

January 31, 2012

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal this month endorsed the Parent Trigger as part of his sweeping education proposals.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal this month endorsed the Parent Trigger as part of his sweeping education proposals. The Parent Trigger is a new type of legislation specifically designed to empower parents with the chance to directly reform a failing public school.

The idea got its start in California and is catching fire in states across the nation. Texas and Connecticut have passed versions of the Parent Trigger, and similar legislation has been introduced in almost a dozen other states. It appears Louisiana will be next.

Find out more about this legislation’s history and quick, nationwide spread in the attached Policy Brief from The Heartland Institute, America’s top national state-focused think tank. You can also read the PDF document at this link, and visit for more information and the latest developments with the reform.

If you wish to speak to a Heartland Institute expert about the Parent Trigger, refer to the contact information below, or reach out to Tammy Nash at and 312/377-4000. After regular business hours, contact Jim Lakely at and 312/731-9364.

Bruno Behrend
Director, Center for Transforming Education
The Heartland Institute

Ben Boychuk
Policy Advisor
The Heartland Institute

John Nothdurft
Director of Government Relations
The Heartland Institute

Joy Pullmann
Research Fellow, The Heartland Institute
Managing Editor, School Reform News

The Heartland Institute is a 28-year-old national nonprofit organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois; Washington, DC; Austin, Texas; Tallahassee, Florida; and Columbus, Ohio. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.

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Bruno Behrend, J.D., is a senior fellow for education policy at The Heartland Institute.
Ben Boychuk ( is a policy advisor for school reform at The Heartland Institute and a former managing editor of School Reform News. @benboychuk
John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 and left in January of 2019.
Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing editor of The Federalist, a web magazine on politics, policy, and culture. @The Heartland Institute