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Parent trigger roundup and a big city mayor’s embrace of charters

In California, John Fensterwald’s Educated Guess column has more details on the California State Board of Education’s move to decide against pursuing legislation that would “fix” the parent trigger law, as school superintendents have demanded. More than 100 parents defending the parent empowerment law had traveled to address the board during its meeting this week. Also, the Sacremento Bee weighs in today with an editorial that berates the Compton Unified School District for fighting the trigger “with every ounce of energy.”

Relatedly, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, writing this week in the Huffington Post, reflects on his being named the California Charter School Association’s Elected Official of the Year:  “Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t have an anti-union bone in my body; In fact, I was a field organizer and legislative advocate for [the California Teacher Association] and [United Teachers Los Angeles]. But I believe that we can no longer afford to make decisions based on what is best for the adults in our school system. We must make what is best for our students our top priority.”


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BY Adam Emerson

Editor of redefinED, policy and communications guru for Florida education nonprofit