School trigger laws enhance local control

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: February 4, 2013
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Trigger laws were the focus of an excellent 2012 movie, “Won't Back Down,” set in Pennsylvania.

Those who typically blame school shortcomings on a lack of parental involvement will likely object to this legislation, which requires majority parental involvement. The parent trigger is local control on steroids.

We don't expect the trigger to be pulled often. It won't be a silver bullet for education woes. But the mere threat of it will increase parents' leverage when dealing with school bureaucracies and encourage needed change at low-performing schools.

That alone would make this legislation a success.



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