Democrats for Education Reform Enter Parent Trigger Fray With Spin, Smear and Intimidation


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.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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3 Responses to Democrats for Education Reform Enter Parent Trigger Fray With Spin, Smear and Intimidation

  1. whatyoureallysayaboutteachers says:

    What is truly sad is that those in power will listen to Romero, not to the parents who have (finally) realized that charter schools are not the goose that laid the golden egg. I collect examples of egregious, ill-informed, and/or just plain wrong statements the general public make about educators via the anonymity of the internet. People need to be called on what they say before it has unfortunate consequences. whatyoureallysayaboutteachers.wordpress.com
    -B.C. @STHUaboutteachers

  2. Sandra says:

    The persistent whining by Parent Trigger advocates, who do not reside in Florida and weeks after this bill failed here, is clear evidence their frustration with democratic processes. Florida parents, community members, and taxpayers cannot be so easily fooled. 15 of 31 Florida “F” schools were charters in a published report last year. Parent triggers changes the deck chairs, maintains the status quo, but does not affect underlying causes of poor student achievement. We do not need Californian Romero’s advice here in Florida.

  3. carolinesf says:

    Romero is doing her job, bringing in the cold, hard cash for herself. She did the bidding of the ed “reform” sector when she was in the California state Senate. Just by PURE coincidence, she landed a cushy job in the ed “reform” sector after she was crushed in her bid to be elected California state Superintendent of schools (despite massive support from the “reform” sector AND despite the fact that two non-“reform”-sector candidates split the anti-Romero vote).

    So now it’s her job to throw whatever **** at the wall she can think of to promote “reform”-sector fads and scams.

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