Senate kills parent trigger bill
From The Buzz:
The controversial parent trigger bill has died in a 20-20 vote in the Florida Senate.
The bill would have allowed parents at low-performing schools to choose a turnaround strategy for the school. One option: petition to have the school converted into a charter school.
Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Ft. Myers, said she filed the bill to make sure children at low-performing schools didn't have to continue "taking one for the team."
But opponents said the proposal was intended to line the pockets of for-profit charter-school companies, which would have access to new business.
Said Sen. Nan Rich: "The centerpiece of this legislation has nothing to do with empowering parents or giving children and parents options, or improving schools. We do all of that already. It has everything to do with laying the groundwork for the hostile corporate takeover of public schools across Florida – an attack on public education."