Parents, where do you draw the line? 

By California Policy Center
Parents, where do you draw the line? The state legislature is aggressively shepherding anti-parent bills through its chambers that erode parental authority in ways that would seem unimaginable only a few years ago. Under the banner of “affirming transgender children,” legislators are pushing bills that upend parental rights in frightening ways and pose serious risks...

TAGS: education, education reform, Parent Empowerment Act, Parent Revolution, parent union, parents

Orange County Labor Federation Joins Effort to Misinform School Parents

By Private: Gloria Romero
Santa Ana Unified is California’s sixth-largest school district. Only 28 percent of SAUSD tested students scored at basic levels of reading proficiency – and just 19 percent in mathematics. SAUSD has more failing schools – and a higher percentage of failing schools – than any other Orange County district. Increasingly, parents are leaving SAUSD and...

TAGS: Parent Empowerment Act, Senator Bob Huff

Election Lessons for Education Reformers

By Private: Gloria Romero
Results from the Nov. 4 yielded both hits and misses regarding prospects for advancing education reform in the Golden State, along with a few immediate lessons: Understand your fight You can’t buy elections – especially the obscure post of superintendent of Public Instruction, a constitutional office created seemingly to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, CTA, Gloria Romero, Marshall Tuck, Parent Empowerment Act, Tom Torlakson

Parent Trigger Law Empowers Parents to Stand Up to Teachers Union

By Private: Gloria Romero
The names Doreen Diaz and Bartola Del Villar appear nowhere in the text of the Parent Empowerment Act, also known as the Parent Trigger, that I wrote in 2010. The law empowers parents to bypass the political paralysis of our education bureaucracy that is responsible for perpetuating the status quo failure of our schools. Today,...

TAGS: California Center for Parent Empowerment, Gloria Romero, Parent Empowerment Act, Parent Trigger

Race for California Governor Should Emphasize Education Reform

By Private: Gloria Romero
On Thursday, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown will face off against Republican challenger Neel Kashkari in their only scheduled debate. Although Kashkari asked for 10 debates, Brown chose to do just one. Undoubtedly, a slew of issues will be discussed, from economic policy, including taxation and tax credits, to border security and immigration, earthquake preparedness, California’s...

TAGS: education reform, Governor Brown, Parent Empowerment Act, parent trigger law, underperforming schools