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Thank a senator for parent trigger



Now that parent groups have thwarted the rise of parent trigger legislation in Florida, they're reminding everyone who disliked this "bad bill" to give thanks.

And by that, they mean specifically to the senators who killed what appeared to be a fast moving measure on the final day of session.

"Your calls and letters persuaded 20 Republican and Democrat Florida Senators to defeat the parent trigger." Christine Bramuchi of Fund Education Now wrote in an e-mail to supporters on Monday.

Fund Education Now, which has sued the state over what it considered inadequate public education funding, joined with several groups including the Florida PTA and 50th No More to battle the parent trigger, which had backing of influential (in Tallahassee, anyway) organizations such as Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education. 

"You taught our children an important civics lesson," Bramuchi wrote. "You showed them that their mothers and fathers armed only with laptops and love could stand up to a million dollar lobbying machine and win. Up until the very end, the opposing senators were placed under extreme partisan pressure to flip their votes. Please take the time to thank them now.  They made the deliberate choice to stand with us, the real parents of Florida."

In case you've forgotten, here are the 20 who nixed the trigger:

Sen. Oscar Braynon, Sen. Larcenia Bullard, Sen. Charlie Dean,  Sen. Nancy Detert, Sen. Paula Dockery,  Sen. Mike Fasano, Sen. Audrey Gibson, Sen. Alan Hays, Sen. Dennis Jones, Sen. Arthenia Joyner, Sen. Evelyn Lynn, Sen. Gwen Margolis, Sen. Bill Montford, Sen. Steve Oelrich, Sen. Nan Rich, Sen. Jeremy Ring, Sen. Maria Sachs, Sen. Gary Siplin, Sen. Chris Smith and Sen. Eleanor Sobel.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:06am]


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