Following Councilwoman Gale Brewer's threat to strangle any parent who moved their child from a public to a charter school, and the general negativity towards charters in NYC, comes an interesting article in The New York Times:
She is one of more than 250 parents in Compton who are using a new state law to force the failing school to be taken over by a charter school operator, the first such move in the country... Under the law, if 51 percent of parents at a school sign a petition, it “triggers” one of four actions, including takeover by a charter school.
So far, the law has been enacted in California only, and Compton will be its first test case.
But, NYC parents would be wise to keep an eye on its progress, and weigh the possibility of enacting similar legislation in NY State.
It might be the difference between waiting patiently for "someone" to do "something," and actually having the means to effect change for themselves.