The parent trigger will be the next education issue to receive the Hollywood treatment later this year.
The New York Times reports producers are planning a September release for “Won’t Back Down,” a fictional dramatization of a campaign to restructure a low-performing Pennsylvania school. The movie follows on the success of charter school documentary “Waiting for Superman.”
The movie stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a frustrated parent and Viola Davis as a teacher who joins Gyllenhaal’s effort.
The movie will be produced by Walden Media, backed by conservative-leaning billionaire Phillip Anschutz. A September release is scheduled.
Florida is one of many states weighing whether to adopt a parent trigger, which allows the majority of parents in a low-performing school to choose how to restructure a school — even against the objection of teachers, administrators or school boards.
Florida-based parent groups, such as Fund Education Now, and the PTA oppose the bill. They argued at a Tallahassee hearing last week that the parent trigger is being pushed by national lobbying groups such as California-based Parent Revolution and Students First.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Foundation for Florida’s Future also support the bill.