Tallahassee – As the Florida legislature enters into the final week of session, the Parent Trigger continues to gain local and national momentum as the defenders of the status quo continue their campaign of misinformation.
Democratic National Convention chair, Obama’s national campaign co-chair and former teachers’ union organizer Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke in favor of the Parent Trigger:
"The Parent Trigger movement, that started in Los Angeles and now is spreading across the nation, encourages involvement in the education process and drums up the kind of support and encouragement necessary to build the foundations for student achievement. I am a strong supporter of measures that protect the rights of parents in standing up for children. Parental empowerment and community intervention in education work to change our children’s lives and transform the communities surrounding them."
Similarly Mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson, spoke directly to the Florida campaign:
“The Parent Trigger empowers parents to stand up for their own children when the status quo has failed them. For parents across nation- inspired by parents in California - this is about their kids.
“Unfortunately, this is just another political game to the status quo. Already we are seeing unions in Florida and across the nation confuse parents and dupe the public with conspiracy theories and outright lies. Even worse, the opposition is offering no solutions for communities trapped by failing schools.”
Despite these remarks by national Democratic leaders, opponents to the Parent Trigger are continuing their campaign of boogeymen and conspiracy theories. This week, the Florida Education Association (FEA) continues their incredulous and unsubstantiated campaign to confuse parents and misinform the public. In fact, Parent Trigger would only affect the bottom 6 percent of schools or around 200 schools out of Florida’s 3,000 schools. Additionally, the Parent Trigger’s charter option– one of four options that would be available to Florida parents – creates an additional hurdle for any charter school to overcome rather than ease the process. Current Florida charter law is a far simpler process in which parents are not a part of the conversation.
The facts are simply not on the FEA’s side as they simply attempt to confuse parents and political observers. Yet as the FEA continues to play games with the facts and children’s futures, they make our case for us why parents need real power in their local public schools.
Despite these unethical tactics, Parent Trigger continues to grow nationwide as Colorado’s Parent Trigger passes in the Colorado House of Representatives and in Tennessee, the Parent Trigger is being heard by both education committees in the Tennessee Senate and House.