“Won’t Back Down” misses that turning around a failing school is everyone’s business
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Anne L. Bryant, Executive Director of the National School Boards Association, discusses in Education Week's Transform Learning blog  the new movie "Won't Back Down."  The film, which conveys a fictional story of a mother who seeks to enact a parent-trigger law on her daughter’s underperforming school, seeks to elicit more discussion about that type of law. However, Bryant cautions that research shows different strategies may be more effective noting, noting:


“While we wouldn’t expect a Hollywood production about public schools to be grounded in research-based facts, there are many reasons to be concerned about the images of educators portrayed in the movie and the fanfare surrounding this type of law — which so far has only been used in one instance but has piqued the interest of legislatures in several states,” Bryant writes. “While ‘parent involvement’ always sounds agreeable, we have research showing that certain parental strategies work much better than others — and parent trigger laws are far from being a proven methodology.” 

What works, she notes, are school boards that hold administrators accountable for student performance and engage parents and community members.

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'Won't Back Down': Turning Around a Failing School Is Everyone's Business

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