It may not exactly be a case of educational vigilantism in the strictest definition. However, in California parents armed with petitions, not pitchforks, are engaged in a heated battle to turn an historically underperforming public elementary school into a charter school, against the wishes of the local school board.
At least 14 states have recently considered legislation that would empower parents to fire principals and teachers at poorly performing schools, or even close the school or turn it into a charter school merely with the stroke of a pen . The controversial issue, commonly referred to as a “parent trigger” has already been enacted in California. Versions are being considered in New York and Texas, among other states.