Imagine you have a child in a persistently failing school.
The school may have many issues that are never addressed by school leadership. When you attempt to raise an issue with the principal, they are never available – or if available, they give promises that are never kept. Perhaps your kid's teacher is disengaged, or just does a poor job educating their students. Your efforts to get the school district to fix the problems at the school go nowhere.
You also are unable to transfer your child to a better performing school.
Parents whose children attend one of the schools in Michigan that meet these criteria should not have to wait for the education system to fix the problems at these underperforming schools. Years lost to a consistently substandard education cannot be easily recouped. Their children should not be forced to fall further behind while the school - or the district - asks for patience to try to turn things around.
The Michigan State House is currently considering SB 620. This bill would create a parent trigger law in Michigan. It would give parents a voice in their children's education when:
If these criteria are met, then parents would be able to choose one of four school restructuring options proposed in the legislation. These options include changes like creating a longer school day, adopting a new curriculum, changing school leadership, or converting to a public charter school.
Please send an email using our simple online tools to the members of the House Education Committee and urge them to support SB 620. The kids who are suffering every day may not be your children, but they represent Michigan’s future and they need your help. It only takes a few moments to send an email, and your voice can truly make a difference.