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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

A Victory for the Parents

...and a big loss for the teacher's union!

SB4 5x has just passed in the State Senate.

This is the "Parent Trigger" bill as it has been nicknamed. Parents will now be able to demand staff & administrative changes if a school is under-performing. The bill even allows parents to ask a charter school to take over a failing school in a local school district. LAUSD anyone?

The Parent Revolution organization, the tireless promoters of the bill, are celebrating in Sacramento and throughout the state tonight!
The Governor is expected to sign the bill into law tomorrow or Friday.

"Among its most crucial provisions, SB 4 (5X) would let student performance data be used in evaluating teachers and administrators and let parents of students zoned to attend especially low-performing schools transfer their children to other schools, whether in their school district or beyond. I believe parents are best equipped to decide where their child goes to school."-Senator Bob Huff.

Also, thanks to local Sunland-Tujunga education activist Lydia Grant of the ST Neighborhood Council, for calling in reports throughout the week from Sacramento. She and her daughter have had a busy week speaking before every committee involved in passage of this bill, in addition to addressing the Assembly & Senate. Nice work!


Anonymous Nina Royal said:

It's about time Sacrament listened.
Lydia Grant has been an figher and advocate for students for many years and deserves alcolades. Also, a big thank you to Assemblymember Cameron Smyth for backing up Lydia and the Parent Revolution. IMHO,it couldn't happen soon enough!It's about time we see genuine reform with parents controlling our schools for the benefit of our children!

January 07, 2010 1:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Congratulations to those who worked so hard to make this victory possible!!

It is a big win for parents to get rid of those loser teachers and administrative staff and other bad school employees.

Parents finally won one!! This story barely if at all got covered by the press. Shame on them.

This is one of the biggest stories ever. It is a big win for parents. Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, to those that made it happen. It was a long time in coming. Bad school employees will finally get what is coming to them, "Your fired".

January 07, 2010 8:31 AM  

Anonymous aguaazul said:

The assumption behind the passage of this legislation is that the teacher / administration is the sole independent variable determining student test scores. While schools play a significant part in student achievement, a far more crucial factor is the parents themselves and what is going on at home. Too bad parents and legislators want to scapegoat teachers instead of placing responsibility where it correctly belongs.

January 07, 2010 8:54 PM  

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