Ohio’s Proposed Parent Trigger Act
What if parents paid a larger role in whether a failing public school stays open or is shuttered? In California, one district is finding out about the so-called â€œparent triggerâ€ law, which includes a provision that allowed parents to organize for change.
Ohio Governor John Kasichâ€™s proposed two-year spending plan now under consideration in the legislature includes a similar provision giving parents the power to â€œtriggerâ€ changes in an under-performing school when at least 50% of parents sign a petition.
How would such a concept work and whatâ€™s the cost benefit analysis?
Weâ€™ll talk with Los Angeles Times staff writer Teresa Watanabe about a â€œparent triggerâ€ law enacted in California last year, and weâ€™ll hear two points of view about whether the Governorâ€™s proposal will be an effective educational reform, with Heartland Institute Center for School Reform Director Bruno Behrend and Ohio House of Representatives Assistant Minority Whip Representative Debbie Phillips (92nd District).