California may see more ‘parent triggers’ to force school improvement



By Stephen Frank

As the recent WalletHub survey showed, California government schools are 46th in the nation math is 47th and reading is 46th.  As for college preparedness, we are 43rd in the nation in SAT scores.  LAUSD in 2015 had a real graduation rate of 54%.  Thanks to CalSTRS, government schools have to cut back on education to finance the collapsing pension system.  No wonder more parents are begging and marching to get their children into an education facility—charter schools.

““I experienced first hand what it is to be a student in a low-performing school. Year after year, I was passed from one grade to the next without receiving any intervention. The system failed me, and I don’t want it to fail my son too,” she said in Spanish at last month’s meeting of the state Board of Education when the latest revision of California’s ESSA plan was presented.

“This law is as important as it ever was and even more important now when the California way means seeking for maximum flexibility and minimum responsibility and accountability for the state and the districts,” said Seth Litt, executive director of Parent Revolution, a Los Angeles nonprofit organization that supports public school families to make change and helps parents organize under the state law, also known as a “parent trigger.”

The law now allows parents to ask to send their children to charter schools or to create charter schools.  I would go the other way, ask parents if they want to stay in government/union schools or be enrolled in charter schools.  At the end of the day there might be enough students to fill a classroom in a union run school, statewide.


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Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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