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Thank goodness Bryant.
-- fixing failing schools it's the main focus of a powerful new movie won't back down the -- supports the controversial parent trigger law.
Which actually empowers parents to overtake underperforming schools here's a -- We're in fight with something better.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- There were a little part of me included.
My take on -- school with me.
And that's how I think it's a knock down.
-- Austin is the executive director of parent revolution the organization responsible for.
Getting help for the parent trigger laws passed in Los Angeles and you guessed it seems that.
Could see -- I was struck by a cook from your notes we believe the system of public education is failing in large part because it wasn't designed.
To succeed what -- -- it's not designed to succeed many public schools in the public education system in general.
Is designed to serve the interests of powerful adults powerful and adult special interest at the expense of parents kids in the rest of us and that.
If we really intended change things to make education serve the interest of children not as big political slogan or sound -- but -- -- A reality the only way we're gonna do that.
Is stopped play on the other side's home turf were lobbyists and political action committees by influence and transfer raw political power to parents because.
Parents are the only -- to only care about kids everyone cares about kids but parents only care about -- rock.
Political power when a powerful line I love that and you are helping parents do that what did you do in California.
Well -- in California about 333 after years ago we passed a revolutionary new law called the parent trigger and fundamentally with the parent trigger does it lets parents transform their schools through community organizing -- If if if a Paris trapped in the systemically failing school.
If half the parents sign a petition they can either.
Fire most the people the school and bring in new staff new leadership they can turn their school into a charter school or they can use this is.
Power to bargain with the special interest that usually make decisions behind closed doors and.
Shut -- time -- to go do bake sale so the -- thing is the parent trigger law that's what's featured in this movie that comes out this weekend although they call it the fail safe law but.
Same thing about this and raw political power.
Tell me about what you're doing in the Mojave Desert right.
A little over a year ago a group of parents came to us that it its local desert trails elementary a rural school in the middle of the Mojave Desert.
They've been trapped in the school that'd been failing for a generation.
And they've been failing because it's the school were all all of the ineffective teachers have been dumped in in in the school district that you can't fire.
Teachers for the most part and so these these parents organized.
They -- 70% of the parents their school to sign of historic -- trigger petitioned the first in the American succeed.
And what they faced from the powerful defenders of the status quo who bullied them.
Lied to them the parents even -- them forging documents to stop the parents from transforming their school.
All of this to defend -- school where 70%.
Of the kids graduate unable to read write or do basic math at grade level.
That is if that's not a proof point that the system is designed to serve the interest of powerful adult -- not kids I don't know what is now -- your mission.
Is to give the power back to the parents you're part of parent revolution.
Ben Austin thanks so much for your time things moving again this weekend won't back down -- and --
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