One of the ways that charter schools are trying to subvert American education is by tricking parents into signing "trigger statements" that would convert their existing school into a charter. Nothing the charter promises the parents is binding, of course, it's all words in the wind, so parents frequently get snookered by idealistic promises that fall short of what can be delivered.
Judge: Parents can’t rescind “parent trigger” signatures -- Parents Across America
The parent trigger, an idea presented by the voices of corporate education “reform” as parent empowerment, won a round in court this week. Ironically, the court came down firmly in favor of disempowering parents, as the parent trigger’s sponsors had requested.
The ruling by a California Superior Court judge decreed that parents who have signed a parent trigger petition do not have the right to change their minds and may not rescind their signatures. The ruling cast the future of the targeted school, Desert Trails in Adelanto, in Southern California’s high desert, into confusion. Charter operators will now be invited to bid for the school, even though Desert Trails parents on both sides of the controversy say they don’t want the school to become a charter — disempowering them even further.
California’s so-called parent trigger law, called the Parent Empowerment Act, was presented as allowing parents to take over low-performing schools and force them to undergo one of three supposed transformation models or else shut down, if a majority of parents at the school sign a petition. One option is turning the school over to a private charter operator. The law was created by the Los Angeles organization Parent Revolution, which was founded by charter-school entrepreneur Steve Barr and funded by many of the wealthy backers of currently vogueish education reforms. The widespread assumption was that the law would mean many charter takeovers of struggling schools. Several other states have adopted or are debating similar laws.
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The judge’s ruling appears to contradict language in the “Final Statement of Reasons” on the Parent Empowerment Act that states, “Nothing in these regulations precludes a parent/guardian from withdrawing his/her signature from a petition at any time,” according to the Victorville Daily Press, the local daily newspaper.
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