Deasy, Austin join Vergara suit sponsor, Students Matter
The non-profit behind the Vergara lawsuit, Students Matter, is adding two former LA Unified lightning rods to their ranks. Ex-Superintendent John Deasy and founder of Parent Revolution, Ben Austin, are joining the advocacy group. Students Matter successfully sued the state of California and its public school teachers unions, overturning five laws governing tenure, seniority and...
By Vanessa Romo | January 15, 2015
Austin stepping down as head of Parent Revolution
Ben Austin is stepping down as executive director of Parent Revolution, a group he founded six years ago to aid parents pushing for change in their children’s poorly-performing schools. Parent Revolution played a role in creating California’s parent trigger law and, later, helping three area schools use it. Three other schools used the threat of...
By LA School Report | December 4, 2014
Cortines lifts LAUSD ban on Parent Trigger enacted by Deasy
The head of Parent Revolution said today that LA Unified has reversed course, lifting the ban on using the “Parent Trigger” law this year to overhaul failing district schools. “As one of Superintendent Cortines’s first moves, it’s a sign that the district will be respectful of the law,” Ben Austin, founder of the group that...
By Vanessa Romo | November 11, 2014
Outside group challenging LAUSD’s view of ‘Parent Trigger’
* UPDATED Parent Revolution, an organization that helps parents petition for change at poor-performing schools, is disputing an LA Unified legal opinion that says the state law that gives parents that right is invalid this year. The conflict came to light in an LA Times story this morning, citing an opinion from a district lawyer...
By Michael Janofsky | August 15, 2014
Parent Revolution holding a forum to spread the ‘trigger’ word
Emboldened by the Vergara v. California ruling, which struck down state teacher tenure and seniority protections last week, Parent Revolution is trying to expand its reach. The advocacy group, which pushes for Parent Trigger laws across the country, plans to hold a one-day “Parent Power Convention” in October, the first meeting of its kind. It’s...
By Vanessa Romo | June 18, 2014
Candidates for board seat, CA education chief at USC forum
Yet another education-related candidate forum has been scheduled for Los Angeles, this one on Saturday at USC, and it’s unusual in that it will include back-to-back conversations with candidates for the open board seat for LA Unified’s District 1, then another with those running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The co-sponsors — Parent Revolution,...
By LA School Report | May 1, 2014
Commentary: An extraordinary effort for extraordinary need
LAUSD School Board Member Steve Zimmer’s recent commentary “Standing with Beatriz” hit the nail on the head on one key issue: for our children, the stakes are high. Let me acknowledge first that Mr. Zimmer is a good person who is doing what he feels is best for the children of LAUSD. On this issue,...
By Ben Austin | April 3, 2014
Survey: parents want more change, power in schools
A new poll commissioned by Parent Revolution finds that two-thirds of California voters believe that the state education system needs either a “major” change or a “complete overhaul,” and by the same 2-1 margin they believe schools are currently focusing on the needs of adults rather than children. The results were included in a poll of...
By LA School Report | January 10, 2014
‘Trigger’ Parents Help Return Pre-K to 24th St. Elementary
By the first of the new year, 24th Street Elementary School in West Adams will open a new pre-kindergarten program, a victory for parents concerned with how children were performing in grades beyond. The change came about through California’s new Parent Empowerment Act, the so-called Parent Trigger Law, which lets parents implement changes that include...
By Jessica P. Ogilvie | November 11, 2013
Gloria Romero Leaving One Ed Reform Group to Start Another
Gloria Romero is stepping down from her position as Director of California Democrats for Education Reform (or DFER) to start a new organization, the Foundation for Parent Empowerment. “I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with DFER, but believe that it is time to move past party politics and focus my skills and...
By Hillel Aron | October 3, 2013