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Parent trigger: The movie



While Florida parents and other education activists battle over whether lawmakers should adopt a "parent trigger" law, a conservative billionaire is backing a film on the topic by the company that brought you Waiting for Superman, the pro-charter school documentary that touted Michele Rhee, among others.

The teacher union leader is the villain in Won't Back Down, while an independent teacher is among those leading the charge to overhaul the school, the NY Times reports. That's not like what is happening in the real-life examples of this current political struggle, though.

"If teachers were included in a trigger attempt — as happens in “Won’t Back Down” — the California Teachers Association, which has avoided taking a formal position, would look more favorably on the action, suggested Frank Wells, a union spokesman.

"Still, he voiced surprise that the parent trigger laws should become a subject for Hollywood at all. 'I can’t wait for ‘Vouchers 3-D: The Movie,’' he said."

Maybe there's a nugget in there for lawmakers to consider as they hone their legislation.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:36am]


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