In passing Race To The Top legislation this week, California gave parents the power to put chronically low-performing schools under new management.
The laws allow parents to pull their children out of the state’s 1,000 lowest-scoring schools and move them to schools in other districts. They also allow parents to overhaul up to 75 chronically underperforming schools each year by collecting signatures from a majority of parents.
Empowered parents will form “lynch mobs,” writes the California Federation of Teachers President Marty Hittelman.
Under the parent trigger (or lynch mob provision) if 50% of the parents at a school or feeder schools of a low performing school sign a petition, the school board must hold a hearing to accept that petition or provide an alternative governance change, which could include closing the school, turning it into a charter school, or reconstituting the school.
Via EIA Intercepts.