Not to abandon our Rogue's Gallery of Edreformers but a term keeps coming up that requires some immediate attention. Let's talk for a minute about Trigger Laws shall we? Especially now that another edreformer propaganda film has been foisted on the unknowing public in which the teachers themselves vote to pull the trigger and convert themselves into charteroids.
The history of the Trigger Law like that of our corporate fueled charters themselves is another series of lies built upon deceptions perched on astroturf but presented by the Charlatans to the unknowing public as Parents Empowering Themselves in a Grassroots Effort to Effect Changes in Failing Schools. It sounds great doesn't it? What parent wouldn't do something macho like Pull a Trigger to whip those lousy lazy union protected public school teachers into shape? Yeah the press releases sound so empowering and are geared at gulling parents with the false notion that a 51% majority vote is all they need to start making all the great changes the Reformer class keeps promising them. It does allow them to lash out against what they perceive to be an inept school which is great for the short run. However, soon the glow of that bitchslap at the school fades and our irritable parents are further irritated that they have now lost any and all input since the reformer class like the Grateful Dead "doesn't do requests maaaaan....." So if you really just want to piss off and get back at the adults employed at your "failing school" by all means folks pull that trigger. But don't think for a charter school testing minute that once you get your digs in you will actually be welcome to participate in any of the school's policies, procedures or decisions. One of those decisions might well be getting rid of your kid but hey it was worth it wasn't it?
In reality the Parent Trigger has a pitiful track record. It's as if they mixed up the events and ran the super heavy weight power lifter in the 100 yard dash when you actually see the results this bait and switch legal tactic yields. The real trick involves manipulating th eparents into voting for a charter with all kinds of outlandish promises of high performance, dedicated staff and administrators, longer hours, longer school years, better gas mileage.... well, I don't know why they havent' promised that one too while they were at it. Oh yeah they also promise Increased Parental Decision Making. There are a few caveats though, O.K. maybe just one BIG caveat : The "reformers" are LYING THEIR DUPLICITOUS ASSES OFF !!!
In one sad episode parents were asked to vote for several options as turnaround models for a struggling school. But the charter school folks only submitted votes for their option. When parents were informed of this sleight of hand trick (WHY ARE THESE FUCKERS ALWAYS DOING THIS?) they were told their votes could not be changed. Again I have to stop and ask if these people are ALL ABOUT THE KIDS then why is it they always have to lie or more likely they just omit the truth and hope nobody can google them before they get their legal ruling. Seriously, if these people are so heavily invested in top notch teaching and learning why do they ALWAYS operate in a cloud of obfuscation, deception and illusion?
Here is a nice summary of the bipartisan clusterhump that is struggling to hand over as many of our public schools to the corporate profiteers as possible : (ask yourself a question here, Why do politicians work really hard for any corporate interest? Yeaaaah, it's not for a plaque to put on their wall either)