Now this is a brilliant idea, give power to parents to convert failing schools to charter/free academies or fire the headmaster and management or do something else. I quote:
The promise sounded alluring and simple: if enough parents signed a petition, their children’s struggling school would be shut down and replaced with a charter school.
So, using a new state law known as the parent trigger, organizers at an underperforming school here in Compton collected hundreds of signatures from parents who said they were fed up. Parents were eager, they said, to turn it into a charter school, where students would spend more time in class with a staff of new teachers.
After months of legal battles, the status of that petition remains tied up in court. But in the meantime, a new charter school has opened just blocks away from the struggling school and parents at more than a dozen other schools in California are hoping to take advantage of the trigger law, demanding that their schools radically improve.
In essence, the law creates a parents’ union, which advocates say will provide powerful and needed counterweight to teachers’ unions and district bureaucracies. If 51 percent of parents in a persistently failing school sign a petition, they can force the school to change into a charter, close it entirely or replace the principal and teachers.