I wanted to share with you some great news – the U.S. Conference of Mayors endorsed Parent Trigger over the weekend with a unanimous vote! The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official organization that represents cities with more than 30,000 people in its boundaries – over 1300 cities in total! This is a big moment for Parent Trigger and the parent empowerment movement.
Check out yesterday’s Reuters article on this big endorsement HERE!
The sponsors of the legislation included such Democratic Mayors such as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from Los Angeles, Mayor Kevin Johnson from Sacramento, Mayor Michael Nutter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mayor Cory Booker from Newark, New Jersey, Mayor David Bing of Detroit, Michigan among many others.
As Mayor Villaragosa said, "Mayors understand at a local level that most parents lack the tools they need to turn their schools around. Parent Trigger empowers parents to turn failing schools into high-achieving schools. Education is the civil rights issue of our time and the Parent Trigger is one of a number of tools we need to achieve the highest standards in our urban schools.”
This vote represents an historic step forward for the parent power movement and the education reform movement both within the Democratic Party as well as in dozens of big and small cities across the nation. Parents and mayors both intuitively understand the tragic impact of our failed educational status quo, as well as the moral, political and economic urgency of giving parents power over the educational destiny of their own children.