– Expect to hear talk of a “parent trigger law” soon. The measure would allow a majority of parents to take over a failing school and force changes. Buffalo parents have been fighting for one and have the support of some state lawmakers. Parent groups there are now working with parent groups in Rochester to get the law passed.
California has a trigger law. The Washington Post reported on how it’s working:
The idea behind the 2010 California law — placing ultimate power in parents’ hands — resonates with any parent who has felt frustrated by school bureaucracy.
Others see the trigger law as dangerous, handing the complex challenge of education to people who may be unprepared to meet it. Critics also say the law circumvents elected school boards and invites abuse by charter operators bent on taking over public schools.
The federal No Child Left Behind law requires failing schools to gradually face escalating penalties, including closure. Trigger laws put that process on steroids and let parents decide the schools’ fate.
– Parents, brush your kid’s teeth! A disturbing report in the New York Times says dentists are seeing an explosion of children with severe tooth decay. The problem is blamed on parents who don’t brush their children’s teeth, feed them sugary drinks and snacks before bedtime and give them bottled water, instead of tap water with flouride.
– Ex-presidents of the United States tend to make a lot of money writing books and giving speeches. But taxpayers are still giving them a lot of cash for support staff and other stuff.