Sen. Wants “Parent Trigger” Law for Okla. Schools
Imagine: Parents in control of their child’s school. An Oklahoma State Senator is proposing a so-called “Parent Trigger” law.
It’s based on a movie set for release this Friday.
Sen. David Holt said the movie “Wont’ Back Down,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, left him charged up to change education in Oklahoma.
“You leave that theater charged up, inspired and armed with the tools to make change,” he said.
The movie is the story of the Parent Trigger Law in California and shows parents of struggling students fighting to get the signatures necessary to improve their failing schools.
“If the parents, the majority of parents want to see their school change and it’s been a failing school for years, they ought to have that ability,” Holt said.
With parent trigger legislation, if 51 percent of parents whose children attend low-performing schools sign a petition, they can demand the district transform the school by putting in new leadership or staff or by transitioning it into a charter school. Click here to read the full story from our sister station KFOR in Oklahoma City.