Reform: Parent "Trigger" Moving East
*** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
For IMMEDIATE Release
Monday, February 8, 2010
Contact: Gwen Samuel
Tel: (203) 953-5154
Lawmakers & Advocates Introduce a Comprehensive Education Reform Bill which includes a Landmark
“CT Parent Trigger”
Press conference Thursday, 02/11 at 12:30 p.m.in LOB Room 2A
Lawmakers from the Connecticut General Assembly’s Black & Puerto Rican Caucus, led by State Representatives Jason Bartlett (D-Bethel, Danbury, Redding), Douglas McCrory (D-Hartford),Patricia Billie Miller (D-Stamford), and Gary Holder-Winfield (D-New Haven), will hold a press conference on Thursday, February 11,2010 at 12:30pm to announce the introduction of a Comprehensive Education Reform bill that is clearly in alignment with what the U.S. Department of Education is looking for regarding meaningful education/school reform and Race to the Top criteria. These are Smart Choices and Bold Action!
This comprehensive education bill will also include the Historical CONCEPT:
“CT Parent trigger”: Balancing the power between Parents, Administrators & Educators within the education/school reform process.
On January 7th, 2010; California legislators have taken an historical step toward balancing the power between Parents, Administrators and Educators by passing an important comprehensive education reform bill which includes a “parent trigger” law that allows a majority of parents (51%) in a 3 or more year failing school to petition for a school reform. The law requires district to do something sooner rather than later — replace administrators, reconstitute a school or make other major reforms to ensure academic success for ALL children.
CT has over 185 of these “failing” schools within 2007, 2008 and 2009. They are failing 3 or more years in the same subject area. Some CT schools are in their 9th year of failing under federal requirements. A CT Parent Trigger law may only apply to schools in the second year or more of federal "program improvement" status (NCLB).
The concept was developed by the grass-roots group Parent Revolution in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Parent Trigger is a concept that will engage the necessary conversations needed among parents, community advocates, and school boards across the state to transform schools from failing to educate some students to educating all students equitably.
A question from parents and legal guardians; what is wrong with giving parents the same power as administrators and educators to participate in a meaningful decisions making process to decide how a “FAILING” school should provide the needed integrated services and comprehensive supports to children? Furthermore, to ensure that schools are centers of communities, for the ultimate goal of assisting students to stay in school, become successful learners, and improve academic achievement. The answer; there is nothing wrong with giving parents the access to the opportunities needed to ensure their child’s academic success.
A “CT Parent Trigger” law could especially empower parents primarily in minority and poor communities where FAILING SCHOOLS exist in large numbers.
In closing here is a math equation for Connecticut’s tax payers and registered and active voters.
Here are the economic results of a 1% increase in the education levels.
Connecticut: $5 billion more economic activity each year
Fairfield County: $ 1.8 billion
Greater Hartford: $1.6 billion
Greater New Haven: $800 million
Southeastern CT: $300 million
Higher levels of education equal better community, higher employment, lower taxes, stronger businesses and less crime.
This is just one more step toward economic stability within Connecticut by reforming education!