Campaign 2012: Obama's Murky Position On Parent Trigger
Yesterday's Jay Mathews column (on the virtues of home visits by teachers) mentions in passing the Obama campaign's support for the parent trigger.
Indeed, Secretary Duncan said something vaguely supportive about the trigger last winter (January 2011). But as you may recall the Duncan comment was so heroically bland and vague -- "I applaud the efforts of parents and community organizations to take charge of their children's future by working with teachers to transform underperforming schools" -- that it was never actually quoted in the NYT or LA Times (How Duncan Stayed Out Of "Trigger" Debate). We weren't even sure if Duncan knew how the trigger worked.
Duncan has apparently reiterated his support in a Santa Ana speech this past fall -- perhaps in much stronger terms. But to my knowledge we still don't know for sure what the President would have to say about the issue. He either hasn't been asked, or hasn't answered. The former is my guess. And my guess is that when asked, he'll say something carefully supportive.
After all, the campaign hired Parent Revolution PR person Linda Serrato (pictured) and has so far at least kept her on despite the California Teachers' Federation's angry requests to remove her "or else." But still, the actual Obama answer hasn't happened yet, and will be an important moment for trigger advocates and for teachers unions when it occurs.