On Monday, we attended an interesting panel discussion hosted by Natalie Moralesthat focused on the topic of parent advocacy. And what struck me the most is how many of the parents in the panel and in the audience felt that there was this "great history" of parents not being heard by school boards and policymakers regarding their children's education, and so in response they were mobilizing and forming these "parent unions" so to speak in order to promote their viewpoints on what they feel is wrong in their schools. An example is so-called parent trigger laws being enacted in California and other states, which allow parents to come together (at least 51% of the school's parent population must sign a petition) and take action in a failing public school -- fire the administrators, fire the teachers, perhaps turn the school into a charter school... But is this really the answer? Parents are being empowered to take some definitive action in a failing situation, which sounds great, but then what? Who is then left to "fix" the school? I am all for increasing parent involvement in the education process and I am fortunate that my children attend great public schools, so perhaps I am just not "getting it." But I am worried about a national situation in which parents feel that they need a strong "parents union" to be heard.