In our recent three part series on school “choice” legislation we dissected the funding mechanisms for the campaign to push school vouchers in Florida, particularly John Kirtley’s “All Children Matter.” I regret that we did not list those bankroll nor discuss “Parent Revolution” a California based group that implies it is a grassroots oriented movement of concerned parents. It is in reality, much like “All Children Matter,” the primary organization backing Parent Trigger is funded almost entirely by interests who either stand to profit from the implementation of this law in Florida or are non-profit foundations that are ideologically motivated to undermine the public school system such as the Walton Family Foundation (also a prominent backer of All Children Matter).
While “Parent Revolution” professes itself as grassroots organization, its funders are not public school parents and the support for Parent Trigger has not been built organically. The thrust for parent trigger like so many pieces of voucher legislation has been through spending money in the political process and hiring high priced and well compensated lobbyists. Any implication that parents across the state want this legislation to pass is completely fraudulent. No groundswell of support for this legislation exists except where lobbyists and paid consultants have stimulated interest in the legislation.
The video embedded below reiterates the false promises and general failure of the Parent Trigger legislation in California.