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August 2, 2016
California’s 20th Street Elementary School will be under new management after a group of parents used the state’s Parent Empowerment Act, also known as “the parent trigger” law.
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Education
August 18, 2016
By Jenni White
California’s 20th Street Elementary School will be under new management this fall after a group of parents used the state’s Parent Empowerment Act, also known as the “parent trigger” law.
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Education
February 7, 2013
By Joy Pullmann
The nation's third invoking of a Parent Trigger, in Los Angeles, disproves the charges of many critics of the 2010 California law.
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Education
November 29, 2014
By Bruno Behrend
In 2010, a small nonprofit organization promoted, and succeeded in helping pass, the first "parent trigger" law in California.
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Education
January 7, 2015
By Heather Kays
Residents of Ohio may never know whether or not a parent trigger law works, even though Columbus has a pilot program at this very moment.The reason is simple: The pilot program was set up to fail.
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Education
November 7, 2014
By Ashley Bateman
With the Obama administration unilaterally giving states No Child Left Behind waivers, one California district is attempting to defer choice for parents who petition for their legal right to transform failing schools.
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Education
December 29, 2011
By Joy Pullmann
In passing a bill that would introduce vouchers, simplify and strengthen the state’s charter law, and expand education tax credits, Pennsylvania state senators dropped a Parent Trigger provision.
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Education
April 11, 2014
By Ashley Bateman
For several years, Tennessee parents and bipartisan legislators have worked to pass a Parent Trigger law to let families require reforms within low-performing schools by signing a petition. This session may see the bill turned into law.
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Education
February 12, 2015
By Heather Kays
Ohio residents may never know whether a parent trigger law works, even though Columbus has a pilot program. According to Greg Harris, director of nonprofit StudentsFirst Ohio, the pilot program was set up to fail.
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Education
March 18, 2014
By Anna Giaritelli
One lawmaker is working to push Oklahoma to follow the example of California and a handful of other states by implementing “Parent Trigger” laws.
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Education
February 19, 2014
By Ashley Bateman
A Parent Empowerment Act in South Carolina would give parents the ability to petition the state to overhaul their school, but calls for clarity may push it to the back burner. Bill sponsor State Rep.
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Education
March 26, 2013
By William Patrick
Of Florida’s 67 counties, only one has more African-Americans than whites: Gadsden County. Established nearly 40 years before the Civil War, Gadsden is one of Florida’s poorest communities, and one of the toughest places to get a good education.
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Education
May 23, 2013
By Joy Pullmann
Forty-nine percent of U.S. adults support Parent Trigger laws, which give parents the ability to petition for reforms at their children’s failing school, and 40 percent oppose such laws, a new poll finds.
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Education
April 17, 2013
By Joy Pullmann
A recent representative poll of 1,010 Chicago residents has found that 61 percent support a Parent Trigger law. Parent Trigger laws allow a majority of parents whose children attend a failing school to require change through petition.
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Education
April 12, 2013
By Ashley Bateman
The Texas House will vote on a bill to simplify the state’s Parent Trigger law and let parents petition earlier to take control of a school’s future. Sponsored by Sen.
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Education
October 3, 2012
By Joy Pullmann
Michigan’s unusual legislative schedule means it is currently the only state considering a Parent Trigger bill as nationwide momentum for the concept coalesces thanks in part to a new Hollywood movie. The Parent Trigger is a relatively new idea.
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Education
October 2, 2012
By Mary Tillotson
If a bill before the Michigan House passes, parents whose children attend the state’s worst public schools could require one of four potential reforms by signing a petition.
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Education
March 14, 2013
By Ashley Bateman
Florida Reps. Carlos Trujillo and Michael Bileca have introduced a Parent Trigger bill that would authorize parents to choose a reform option for their children’s chronically failing school. Sen.
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Education
February 12, 2013
By Michal Conger
A Parent Trigger bill that aims to give parents more influence in their children’s schools is making its way through the Tennessee legislature. Filed by Rep.
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Education
August 17, 2015
By Heather Kays
An Orange County, California Superior Court judge ruled Palm Lane Elementary School could become a charter school after the court validated a petition parents filed under the state’s parent trigger law.
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Education
October 3, 2011
By Ashley Bateman
Pennsylvania lawmakers and advocacy groups say they hope to funnel students toward universities and productive careers instead of prison and indolence by introducing school vouchers and a Parent Trigger this legislative session.
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Education
September 11, 2012
By Vicki Alger
Two national polls both found 70 percent of U.S. voters support Parent Trigger laws, which give a majority of parents the power to require improvements at their children’s failing schools.
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Education
March 2, 2012
By Joy Pullmann
Opponents of Parent Trigger legislation, including Bill 1204 currently before the Arizona state senate, rely on two assumptions: the public school system generally doesn’t need serious changes, and parents can’t be trusted with power over their
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Education
October 29, 2012
By Joseph Bast, Joy Pullmann
The Heartland Institute has released a new Policy Brief on the Parent Trigger, a public school reform adopted in seven states and proposed in some 20 others across the nation.
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Education
August 15, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
TUNE IN: PublicSectorInc.org Online Debate Begins Monday, August 15, 2011.THE PARENT TRIGGER: A POSITIVE STEP OR A DISTRACTION FOR IMPROVING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS?In 2010, California enacted education legislation known as the “parent trigger.
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November 6, 2014
By Heather Kays
Twenty schools in Columbus, Ohio are now eligible for reform under the state’s parent trigger law. The latest state report card data show these schools failed to improve enough to avoid the parent trigger option.
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Education
April 11, 2014
By Joy Pullmann
Tennessee legislators are considering an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: the Parent Trigger. The legislation, first passed in California, has been considered in approximately 20 other states.
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Education
March 17, 2014
By Joy Pullmann
Oklahoma legislators are considering an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: the Parent Trigger. The legislation, first passed in California, has been considered in approximately 20 other states.
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Education
April 25, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
A Parent Trigger amendment to a “parental responsibility” bill was voted down in a Colorado state senate committee, signaling what the amendment’s sponsor said was the end of parent empowerment legislation in the Rocky Mountain State
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April 22, 2011
By Ben Boychuk
Empowering parents to turn around failing public schools terrifies teacher unions, administrators, and education bureaucrats—in short, everyone with a stake in preserving the disgraceful status quo and resisting innovative reforms.
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April 19, 2011
By Joy Pullmann
Indiana’s state Senate is poised to vote on a host of ambitious school reforms, including a voucher bill aimed at providing children from families earning up to $60,000 a year with $4,500 a year to attend the school of their choice statewide. Gov.
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December 23, 2010
By Robert G. Holland
In expressing grave concern that an ad hoc, bipartisan House committee somehow might put a package of Illinois school reforms on a fast track to legislative approval, you argue that teachers ought to be heard as part of a “careful, deliberate
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December 13, 2010
By Jim Lakely
Today New Jersey state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) introduced The Parent Empowerment and Choice Act, a bill that would allow parents to trigger reform on a school-by-school basis.The Heartland Institute applauds Sen.
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August 21, 2010
By Marc Oestreich
California may have stumbled onto the best idea in education reform since Milton Friedman’s voucher plan.
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November 18, 2010
By Ben Boychuk
John Kline (R., Minn.), the incoming chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, tells Mr.
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June 4, 2013
By Joy Pullmann
Texas legislators are considering strengthening an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: the Parent Trigger. The legislation, first passed in California, has been considered in approximately 20 other states.
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Education
November 13, 2010
By Ben Boychuk
California’s parent empowerment law, known as the “parent trigger,” is less than a year old, but the idea is already spreading across the nation to states such as Connecticut and Georgia.
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May 23, 2014
By Joy Pullmann
Friday's ed newsPARENT TRIGGER: The enthusiasm over Parent Trigger laws has waned this year, as fewer states consider the new school choice idea.
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February 18, 2013
By Joy Pullmann
Maine legislators are considering an education reform that has garnered significant national attention: the Parent Trigger.
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Education
February 8, 2013
By Ashley Bateman
Exercising their rights under California’s 2010 Parent Trigger law, more than 300 parents delivered petitions to the Los Angeles school district in January, calling for their children’s failing school to be improved or converted into a charter school.
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