Leaning on the locals in parent trigger debate
In the fight to stop the parent trigger legislation from moving through the Florida Legislature, Tampa Bay area teachers unions have cast their attention on three local lawmakers — senators Mike Fasano, Jim Norman and Ronda Storms — who they see as holding the key.
"We only need two votes to defeat this bill," the United School Employees of Pasco wrote in an urgent action e-mail to members on Sunday. "Norman, Storms and Fasano from our area are three of the four undecideds. A lot of calls to their offices today and tomorrow could make the difference."
A move to pull the bill from its final committee stop and put it directly before the full Senate failed 20-19. So the logic goes that just a couple of senators would swing the outcome. The three named members have been known to buck party leadership, and they haven't yet committed on this issue. So the opponents are hoping their missives can make the difference.
The measure is on a lengthy list to be considered on second reading on Tuesday (remember, three readings are required). The House has already passed its version. Expect the lobbying to continue on this hotly contested proposal to give parents in schools labeled failing the option of petitioning for a preferred turnaround option, including converting to a charter school.
See more from the Buzz on the latest Tallahassee machinations on the parent trigger here.