Seeking Something Better Than Parent Trigger


Last summer, California’s State Board of Education passed new regulations to the Parent Empowerment Act, or “parent trigger” law, which has sparked contentious debates among education stakeholders.

As the trends grows and more states pass similar parent trigger laws, it is worthwhile to review some lessons learned from California.

Here are three objections that should be considered regarding the parent trigger law:

1. It’s wrong to assume that we can identify with enough precision which schools are underperforming.

2. Without strict regulation, it will not provide real parent empowerment.

3. The solutions don’t address the problem, or offer better chances of success.