I find this story interesting for three reasons.
These parents are inspiring. They have stepped up to the plate and are fighting to take the reins of their children's education back into their own hands. Not having the time to home school, nor the money for private school, or the luck for a charter school, these courageous parents were forced to face down the behemoth NEA and to demand the unthinkable - that the schools actually teach children something!
Low income minority parents are the favored whipping-boy of the NEA. When schools fail to meet even the most basic standards they quickly blame the low-income-minority status of their students. It is simply assumed that low-income-minority parents just don't care and so their children are impossible to teach. "These children have bad role models, they come from poor families, and their parents do drugs...therefore we teachers can't really be held accountable for their academic failures," the union complains. It is almost as if these students are destined to fail and so it is excusable when they do. Well, the unions can't have their cake and eat it too. Either the poor minority students can't be educated and therefore school is a waste of funding, or poor minority students can be educated and therefore the school is wasting our funding because they are failing to teach them. Either way, schools that can't educate for whatever reason should be permanently closed - whether the teachers have tenure or not.
That said, while poor income families may be harder to educate for a variety of reasons, clearly these parents do care. They care so much that they have been fighting the school system for nearly two years. In this case, it is the "Union" that doesn't care about the children, not the poor-minority parents.