Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Initiatives? Meh.

I recommend the article below, but I'll admit to being quite a bit more cynical than the author about Parent Trigger laws.  In Washington State we've seen an extremely reasonable soda tax get thrown out because of an initiative bought by the cola industry, state liquor stores privatized after two consecutive years of initiatives paid for by Costco and the grocery stores, and a campaign for Charter Schools make the ballot against all odds because the Gates Foundation and their allies in the ed reform movement were willing to spend the money it took--some reports say $4 a signature--to get their way.

I'm very leery of most initiatives right now, and I don't see how the parent trigger is anything other than the initiative process writ small.

Eduflack: Triggering Parents

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