Even though it's a fictional story, teachers unions are outraged
by a new movie about school parents standing up to the education
Don't Back Down depicts a frustrated school mother who
tries to apply the "parent trigger" law, which enables parents to
take over failing public schools. Kyle Olson of the Education Action Group
Foundation (EAG) says the unions are doing everything they can
to discredit this movie.
don't want these types of stories told. They're doing everything
they can to attempt to expose who made the movie … their
ideological persuasion and that sort of thing," he details.
"They're doing everything they can to attempt to maintain that
monopoly that they've had for many, many years."
Olson notes a real-life example of Don't Back Down
taking place at a school in Arizona.
"The union there, it's been said in court, went out and got
signatures fraudulently," the EAG spokesman reports. "The school
board has refused to certify the petitions, and I think it all
comes down to they don't want to show that parents can be
Though unions complain about the lack of parent involvement in
education, Olson tells OneNewsNow they typically resist serious
attempts by parents who try to bring about change.
Parent trigger laws are in place in California, Texas and
Louisiana and are being considered by three other states.