MAP: States pass parent trigger laws

February 19, 2013 | 6:41 p.m. CST
According to National Conference of State Legislatures, seven states have enacted a version of the parent trigger law. The trigger law gives parents the power to intervene at their children’s schools if the school is underperforming. After petition requirements are met, common options for parents are to convert the school into a charter school, transfer their children to a different school in the same district, replace faculty or close the school. Missouri Speaker of the House Timothy Jones introduced a similar bill — HB 393 ­— in February 2011, but it did not pass a committee hearing. Last week, The Associated Press reported Jones had filed a new version of the parent trigger law.