Reform: Nine Reasons "Everyone" Hates The Parent Trigger
Here are some of the reasons why the coverage of the parent trigger in Compton is skewing against the petitioners who want to do a conversion turnaround and hand the building over to Celerity: (1) Turnarounds of any kind are high-risk, uncertain propositions that cause a lot of displacement and collateral damage. (2) People -- educators -- are really angry and feel scapegoated by the recent reform trends (value added, removing charter caps, etc). (3) Current reforms haven't (yet?) proven to be any more successful or effective than NCLB or anything that's come before; there's little to show for RTTT etc. (4) People -- educators -- are feeling empowered by the emergence of champions like Diane Ravitch and the defeat of opponents like Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein. (5) The economy is in the tank and everyone's worried about jobs, mass layoffs, etc. (6) Parent Revolution and its head, Ben Austin, don't seem to have the personal authenticity and track record to persuade skeptics to give them a chance. (7) Burned in the past or mad at the LA Weekly, the LA Times has decided to emphasize the issues raised by parent trigger opponents rather than the other way around. (8) Direct democracy -- elected school councils in Chicago or state referenda in CA -- is a messy business that's nearly always manipulated by organizers and advocates. (9) Displaced rage against the holiday season.