Wow, lots of hate for the parent trigger  from the ‘we know better’ bloggers on National Journal.  Here’s my take.

What other service would survive for more than 5 years when more than half of the customers were dissatisfied? The only problem with the CA parent trigger is that it’s not available to all parents. At least parents in 75 persistently failing schools will have the opportunity to review a couple options and have a voice in creating a better option for their children.

Despite a federal mandate to create a ‘good school promise’ and intervene in low performing schools, there have been ‘needs improvement’ schools in most states for 6 or 7 years. How long do parents have to wait? The Trigger is a small step in the right direction to give parents options.

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.


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