The Indiana House Education Committee Tuesday approved a “Parent Trigger” reform bill that removes the need for the local school board to approve the measure. The bill, which will now go to the full House for a vote, restores the intent of the Parent Trigger, which is to allow parents, rather than the school board, control the direction of school reform.
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“The bill’s proposed changes will give parents actual power to change their kids’ failing schools, which is the whole point of a Parent Trigger. The current school board veto is a veto to the whole idea.
“Because Indiana already has a statewide voucher program, state representatives could add another option for parents besides converting the school to a charter school: giving all the kids slotted to attend that failing school a voucher. Real options for parents is what the Parent Trigger is all about.”