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When Parents Take Over Failing Schools

AIR DATE: September 24, 2012

Parent trigger laws allow concerned parents and community members to take over failing schools and implement reforms when campuses are failing. Right now California is the only state where parents have taken advantage of the trigger law, but one Nevada senator will introduce a bill in the 2013 legislature that could bring a similar law to the state. Do trigger laws work? And do parents have enough opportunity to engage in their kid's education? We'll discuss the potential for a parent trigger law in Nevada and parental involvement in schools.
Linda Young, CCSD Board of Trustees
Ruben Murillo, president, Clark County Education Association
Ryan Donahue, Deputy National Advocacy Director, Parent Revolution

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Unfortunately, this conversation seemed oddly detached from a previous episode's conversation about empowerment schools. It would seem to me that it was an accepted premise (EVEN IN THIS CONVERSATION TODAY) that empowerment schools work best when there is a full BUY IN. In fact, one of the participants mentioned this very point today. With the parent trigger law, the BUY IN is necessary to even begin the process!
Tommy AdamsSep 20, 2012 10:28:37 AM
THIS PLAN ONLY WORKS if over %50 of the parents are ready to go! The previous comments are out of step with the conversation
Tommy AdamsSep 20, 2012 09:49:25 AM
Donohue didn't lie--he clarified let's get back to the issues and discuss the policy
Tommy AdamsSep 20, 2012 09:48:03 AM
Let's get back on track here-- What are the parents going to be able to have a say on/in/with? Just how much policy will parents control? What makes this different than a PTA?
Tommy AdamsSep 20, 2012 09:44:48 AM
Wow, Ryan Donahue, Deputy National Advocacy Director, Parent Revolution, just LIED. He DID say that it was ONLY parents that cared! Now, he does a complete Romney and denied what that he said that less than ten minutes later! What a fraud!
Jim in HendersonSep 20, 2012 09:42:23 AM
This sounds like another attempt to bust a union. If parents want to get involved and improve the educations of their kids they already can-and if officials ignore them they can change those officials at the ballot box. But you're telling me that parents who ALREADY aren't participating in their kid's education will now stand up to 'take back' the school and run the place? Riiiiiiiiiiight.
Jim in HendersonSep 20, 2012 09:30:07 AM
check the details before you challenge something. if over half of the parents ARE NOT involved, then this is a NON STARTER.
tommy adamsSep 20, 2012 09:52:35 AM
Living in Ely, NV, we have worked hard as a PTO (parent teacher organization) , to improve our struggling schools. At one point a trigger law would have felt like a great option for parents. But now as we are starting to see results from working together, I would vote against a trigger law. We need concerned parents and trained educators working together to have real change in our schools. Parents can't do it alone and teachers can't do it alone. We need each other.
Amy SorensenSep 20, 2012 08:36:38 AM
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