(Please use the following as a template to email to your Indiana congresspeople now.)
Yesterday, the Parent Trigger bill passed an Indiana House committee. Although Rep. Rhonda Rhoads’ House Bill 1219 has her name on it, the Parent Trigger bill was written and supported by the Heartland Institute and ALEC, the anti-public education, anti-union, anti-regulation, Koch brothers funded group also behind the Right-to-Work bill in Indiana. Parents, teachers, students, and community members need to let lawmakers know we oppose this anti-public school bill.
As I noted in Terre Haute’s Tribune Star last month (see second article in link), the Parent Trigger bill allows school privatizers to invade local communities, smear teachers, and deceptively persuade parents to sign on to handing their schools over to for-profit companies like Edison Learning, Rupert Murdoch’s Wireless Generation, and others which donated to Tony Bennett’s campaign.
Here is what Caroline Grannan, journalist and public school advocate, has written about this trigger bill in California (“The Parent Trigger Fails in California”): “It appears that some voices around the country are discussing the Parent Trigger as though it had been used successfully at schools throughout California. But that’s not true. The Parent Trigger has never succeeded at any school in California. There have been two known attempts to use it; both have failed. And Parent Revolution, the billionaire-funded Astroturf (fake grassroots) organization that created the Parent Trigger, appears to have basically abandoned it as a strategy.”
Parents Across America (the most knowledgeable, respected, and authentic group speaking on behalf of parents and students in this country) also opposes the Parent Trigger bill. As PAA’s co-founder Leonie Haimson has said, “The Parent Trigger was devised as an underhanded trick by the charter lobby to manipulate parents into letting them privatize more public schools.”
Genuine parent groups in Florida and New York are aggressively trying to fight off this corporate assault in their states. If this bill passes, many more Indiana public schools will be privatized, teachers will be fired, and children will suffer at the hands of private companies who only see dollar signs when it comes to educating our children. Let your congressperson know you are against House Bill 1219 now.
(Please see Douglas Storm’s “The Parent Trigger Trap,” also posted on B-Town Errant today.)