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Parents who are concerned about their children’s education are trying to take control – in the cities and the suburbs.
First, The Black and Puerto Rican caucus has proposed a bill that creates a “parent trigger” for failing schools. The legislation would allow parents whose children attend a school that has failed to make adequate yearly progress for three consecutive years under the federal “no child left behind” law to petition for changes in the school, which range from replacing teachers to closing the school.
We’ll hear from the suburb of Avon, where some parents are actually asking for higher taxes to maintain school services. Parents and community members staged an unprecedented rally in the town last night.