By Dan Walters
Six years ago, the Legislature adopted a landmark measure to give parents – particularly poor parents – more power over their children’s educations.
The education establishment, especially unions, didn’t like it, but refusing to compete for a “Race to the Top” federal grant was an unpalatable option.
The best-known aspect of the measure, carried by Democratic Sen. Gloria Romero, was the “parent trigger” that allowed parents of children in low-performing schools to intervene – even seizing control.
The effect on the “parent trigger” is still uncertain, but Torlakson, citing the API’s suspension, is refusing to publish a list of the 1,000 low-achieving schools, thus blocking parents from sending their children to ones with better ratings.