Moving to the forefront of the parent trigger battle is former California Sen. Gloria Romero. Now the president of her state’s chapter of Democrats for Education Reform, Romero felt the need to offer her analysis of parent trigger’s defeat in Florida.
I fear what we witnessed Friday in Florida is the status quo fighting back against a reduction of their authority over families and parents. Let’s be frank: To every other part of public education, children function as a debit card — directly bringing in the cold, hard cash that keeps their jobs in place. Despite all the apparent concern about privatizing Florida schools, parents are the only group in public education without a financial conflict of interest. They just want what is best for their children and what will open the greatest access to the American Dream.
Obviously Romero doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Parent Trigger would not have been defeated if it hadn’t been for a handful of mothers who have kids in Florida’s public schools. In Florida, Parent Trigger was defeated in the arena of ideas. Sadly, Romero is seeking to get her way in Adelanto by dividing a community and attempting to intimidate the school district with threats of lawsuits.
Romero’s characterization of public education as a place where “children function as a debit card — directly bringing in the cold, hard cash that keeps their jobs in place” is rich. Especially coming from someone associated with Democrats for Education Reform, whose board is filled with hedge funders and others who seek to financially benefit through charter school expansion.