Parent trigger debate takes national stage
The Florida Senate killed the parent trigger idea in the waning hours of the 2012 session, while the concept gets a trial by fire in California. Other states, including Michigan, are taking a look at whether to tackle new laws giving parents more power to control their children's school reform efforts, too.
The NY Times this weekend gathered five experts and activists to discuss the pros and cons of such legislation.
The opinions range from RiShawn Biddle's stance that parents deserve the power and are smart enough to use it, to Caroline Grannan's view that lawmakers shouldn't be looking to a strategy that has never worked. There's also some middle ground in there.
Check out the columns. Then think about them in the context of the issue returning to Florida next year. Can Florida adopt a middle ground, perhaps, such as giving parents more authority without opening the door wide to corporate interests, as so many fear? Could amped up school advisory committees, which have become almost powerless in most instances, do the trick?