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Pulling the Trigger

California parents take control of schools—and the blob fights back.

Apr 11, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 29 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Teachers’ unions and a hostile district may be the least of the McKinley parents’ problems, though. Governor Jerry Brown recently replaced most of the state board of education with new members, including a former lobbyist for the California Teachers Association, which had fought the parent- trigger bill. The law has been operating under “emergency regulations” since it was enacted last year, and the new board has delayed a vote on permanent regulations until late April. 

That has school choice advocates worried the board could make the trigger process even more difficult for parents who want to improve their schools. As McKinley shows, the process is already difficult enough.

Michael Warren is an editorial assistant at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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