Florida PTA recognized for parent trigger opposition
The national PTA has given its Florida affiliate an Outstanding Advocacy Award for its fight to halt the Parent Empowerment Act, commonly referred to as the parent trigger, during the 2012 legislative session.
The Florida PTA joined several organizations in seeking to keep the proposal, in which parents could vote to convert their failing schools into charters, from becoming law. The groups stressed to lawmakers that the idea did not come from Florida parents at all. The Florida Senate defeated the measure in the final days of session.
According to the National PTA, the Sunshine State's PTA earned its recognition by educating members about the bill with regular updates to County Councils and local organizations, and grassroots activation. The state PTA encouraged members to send action alerts, launch e-mail campaigns and participate in phone-a-thons to convince lawmakers of its position.
There has been talk about refiling the parent trigger proposal, perhaps with some different specifics. So far, no bills have been submitted.