Organizing Parent 'Unions' in Florida

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Parents unhappy with their children’s schools are using labor union tactics to build support for charter schools, according to a story by the Associated Press.

California was the first state to adopt a so-called ‘parent trigger’ law, which allows a majority of parents to vote to convert a district school to a charter schools. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is considering a similar law, according to his draft legislative agenda.

Movement leaders argue a parent’s first concern is their child:

Behind the parent empowerment movement is a feisty Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Parent Revolution, which in 2010 pushed through a landmark law giving parents authority to force turnarounds at failing schools through a petition.

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