Viola Davis Nominated for NAACP Image Award

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The holidays brought good news for Tony Award-winning actress Viola
Davis: she received a nomination from the NAACP Image Awards for her
performance in the movie “Won’t Back Down.”

Ben Austin, executive director for Parent Revolution, issued the
following statement on Viola Davis’ nomination:

Parent Revolution applauds Viola Davis for her powerful performance as
dedicated teacher and community activist Nona Roberts in the film
“Won’t Back Down.” Davis’ character, a mother, faces the same
difficult circumstances presented to parents in every state of our
nation each and every day. The movie brings to light the need to
ensure real parent empowerment in communities with persistently
failing schools. We are delighted that the NAACP recognized her
talents and wish her nothing less than the best on February 1 at the
awards ceremony.

Parent Empowerment laws give parents whose children attend a failing
school the power to organize themselves and force changes that may
help immediately improve schools for their kids. These laws grant
parents, including those who form Parent Union chapters, the right to
mount a petition and, with more than 50% of parent support, compel
turnaround options that include replacement of the school’s leadership
and conversion to a charter school. Parent Empowerment laws empower
parents to push schools toward a student-first agenda.

Parent empowerment is a parent issue, not a political issue.
According to a PDK/Gallup poll, “Seventy percent of Americans favor
giving parents whose children attend a failing school the option of
mounting a petition drive requesting that the teachers and principal
be removed.” Parent Empowerment laws have strong support across the
political spectrum, including 61% support among Democrat voters and
75% among independents.

Parent Revolution continues to work with parents, students, teachers,
and legislators on the ground both in California and nationwide to
mobilize and organize to fix many of our nation’s broken schools. We
dedicated to empowering parents so that they can make the choices
about what is best for their children.


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