Behind the Headline: Ohio’s ‘Parent Trigger’ Law Doesn’t Work

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Ohio’s ‘Parent Trigger’ Law Doesn’t Work
Governing | 12/1/15

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Pulling the Parent Trigger
Education Next | Summer 2013

The state of Ohio passed a law creating a “parent trigger” option that took effect last year, but so far no parents have expressed interest in pulling the trigger.

The law allows parents at extremely low-performing schools in Columbus to force major changes to the school such as reopening as a charter, replacing 70% of the school’s staff, or turning the school over to the state.

Ben Austin and Mike Petrilli debated the merits of parent trigger laws in an EdNext forum, “Pulling the Parent Trigger.”

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