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“Won’t Back Down” Film Pushes ALEC Parent Trigger Proposal

While Parent Trigger was first promoted by a small charter school operator in California, it was taken up and launched into hyperdrive by two controversial right-wing organizations: the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Heartland Institute.

What is a Parent Trigger law? The proposals have varied from state to state, but they generally allow parents at any failing school, defined by standardized testing, to sign a petition to radically transform the school using any of four “triggers.” Parents can petition to: 1) fire the principal, 2) fire half of the teachers, 3) close the school and let parents find another option, or 4) convert the school into a charter school. While the details of how the school can be “restructured” vary from state to state, the charter school option is always present. Charter schools are privately managed, taxpayer-funded public schools which are granted greater autonomy from regulations applicable to other public schools, ostensibly in exchange for greater accountability for results, but they have been criticized for uneven and mediocre track records.

The trigger is from a gun aimed at the survival of our public school system and promotion of ALEC’s education program.  To read all of this excellent article from PRWatch, please click here

To see the trailer for this movie, please click here
the link to the trailer has been removed as YouTube apparently was fearful of a complaint from FOX (ALEC member via News Corp.).  No sooner did I remove the video – per YouTube’s instructions, than we got another message from YouTube telling us that there was no claim.

This appears to be part of a campaign of attempted intimidation.  Virus attacks from sources unknown were planted on the computers of two of our researchers preventing them from getting to this site.  A virus was planted on my computer also, again by sources unknown, but I removed it before knowing what it was going to do.

We will not be intimidated or silenced in our efforts to get information to our readers.

 

 

Snyder appointee to elections board has connections to ALEC, Heritage Foundation & other pro-business lobby groups (Updated)

OUT OF THE FYING PAN AND INTO THE FIRE

On June 18th, Sterling Corporation employee and Jeff Timmer resigned from the Board of State Canvassers, leaving only one Republican on the elections board and a Democratic majority. While some feared that the remaining Republican, Norm Shinkle, would resign as well, leaving the group without a quorum and unable to approve a number of ballot initiatives pending for the November election, Governor Rick Snyder acted quickly and last week appointed Colleen Pero to the Board.

Described in glowing terms on the official announcement, Pero sounds like an innocuous and innocent choice. The truth is, however, quite the opposite. Colleen Pero has deep connections to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Heritage Foundation, the Federalist Society and a host of other far-right, pro-business lobby groups.

To read all about Colleen Pero, the American Justice Partnership, and her links to other conservative stalwarts, please click here to read the article by Eclectablog,  Rick Snyder has struck again.