FOX 11 Vice President & General Manager Kevin Hale talks about the controversial “parent trigger” law, which could spur grass-roots reform in California. But its first test… is already hitting a roadblock.
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Last year, California passed a new law called Parent Trigger.
This law gives parents the right to make dramatic changes if their children's school is failing.
Education reformers from around the country hail it as a dynamic step in the right direction to improve our public schools.
But now this law is in jeopardy.
And the way I see it, Governor Brown’s to blame.
Among his first official duties as Governor, he T-K-O’d the State Board of Education, ridding the board of reformers who had supported Parent Trigger.
The eyes of the nation are on the Compton parents, who already pulled the trigger on a failing McKinley Elementary School, and now, they're in legal limbo, as the state board drags its feet on finalizing the law's regulations.
We'd like to give the new board the benefit of the doubt. But the truth is our kids are running out of time.
Just this week, the lack of defined parent trigger regulations gave Compton's own school board ammunition to reject the parent petitions.
Brown's top education allies have called the law vague and now there are rumblings of a new clean-up bill, which reformers say will render the law powerless.
The irony is, other states have been following our lead as legislators across the country are drafting their own parent trigger laws.
And we can see why. It's the most effective threat to the status quo.
It makes it clear failing schools can no longer continue to operate without consequences.
I challenge Governor Brown: This is your board now. Tell them to do the right thing and pass the necessary regulations to preserve Parent Trigger.
If he doesn't, the message he's sending all of us is, it's okay for our schools to fail and hey parents, I don't care about your problems.
Thanks for listening.
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