Debate Heats Up On Florida ‘Parent Trigger’ Bill

The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With a vote looming in the Florida House, rival groups are ratcheting up their arguments for and against a bill that would give parents a stronger voice in charting turnaround plans for failing public schools.

On Tuesday Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Trujillo, sponsor of the so-called “parent trigger” bill, said he expects a House vote in early April. A similar bill passed the House but died in the Senate last year.

The bill would let parents vote on plans for failing schools. Options include reassigning students to other schools or handing the school over to a private company to run as a charter school.

Groups supporting the bill made another push for its passage at a press conference Tuesday. An official with the Florida Education Association denounced it.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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