Parent Trigger Now Brings Division Among the Same Parents Who Won in California

Several Florida republican lawmakers went to the mat for Parent Trigger last March and it’s widely predicted it will be back this year. Jeb Bush has vowed that it will. Existing in only a handful of states, Parent Trigger has been successfully used just once. After ripping a community apart, it appears that there’s division among the parents who won their Parent Trigger effort in Adelanto, California. Writes Victoria Daily Press reporter Lynnea Lombardo:

Two of the original five filers of the “Parent Trigger” lawsuit against Adelanto School District were voted out of the Desert Trails Parent Union’s steering committee, according to the group’s lead organizer, Joe Morales.

Morales said that Kathy Duncan and Olivia Zamarripa were ousted because they are in favor of seeking financial compensation through the lawsuit in the midst of the school’s transition to a charter academy.

However, other members dispute this report, stating the women resigned from their DTPU posts.

Recently referred to as “bitter, divisive and protracted” the Desert Trails episode is  demonstrating that even after getting their way, dysfunction continues to rule among parents.  The instrument of the dysfunction is Parent Revolution who are funded by several pro-charter school billionaire philanthropic groups. Jeb Bush praised their efforts at a recent DC summit. The group had a free run at the Florida legislature in March and their version of events was the only one heard. They won’t go unchallenged this year. One wonders if Bush is either blind to what really happened in Adelanto or doesn’t care.


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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One Response to Parent Trigger Now Brings Division Among the Same Parents Who Won in California

  1. Diane Kepus says:

    Well, Jeb Bush would praise the devil for lighting a fire! Florida and all other state parents need to wake up and realize percentage wise Charter schools are failing at a much faster rate than regular public schools.

    In addition, regular public schools as a rule fail because of the games being played with the standards, curriculum and accountability. The legislators and unelected officials who for the most part are not educators, continue to look for something they can agree on to use to try and educate our children. Money, power and control as their leading tools continue to lead then to a placement of foul.

    Charter schools on the other hand are failing almost without exception as a result of out right theft, lack of background in the areas of finance, lying to school district officials as to the number of students, lack of school buses, internal cronyism in the form of owning the building and paying themselves explosive rent, deals with friends as school board members, lenient legislation by legislators to include but not exclusive to how often the school board members are required to meet and the lavish contracts they are issuing school principals. The list is endless!

    For the most thorough investigation regarding the failures of Charter schools in America go to:

    Parents either fix your local schools regarding your issues by paying attention or home school. Parent Trigger or whatever name they choose to use or “for-profit” charter schools are not the answer.

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