Ken Derstine, a retired teacher and now an advocate for public education, wrote up a commentary on a recent debate in Philadelphia.

Helen Gym, a leading parent activist in Philadelphia, debated Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation about the “parent trigger” on WHYY.

It is funny that a parent has to explain why the “parent trigger” is a bad idea that will diminish the role of parents and hand public schools over to un-accountable charter schools.

Please listen to the debate. Helen Gym is amazing.

She should be invited to appear on Education Nation next year and to speak the next time PBS or CNN or Fox News brings on a privatizer. She has real credibility. She is a public school parent.