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Parent trigger, charter expansion bills head to Florida House floor



Two hotly controversial education bills cleared their final committee stop in the Florida House on Friday, headed next to the full House membership.

The parent trigger bill, a form of which also passed the House last year, passed the Education Committee along partisan lines. The legislation has raised the ire of parent and civil rights groups, which do not like the idea of allowing a parent petition to force a struggling school into charter school status. The Senate has yet to take up its version of the bill. Last year, the Senate killed parent trigger in the final days of session.

The House committee also moved a sweeping charter school bill that would, among other things, require school districts to share their unused facilities with charters. That measure is getting a lukewarm response in the Senate, as we noted earlier today. The bill also would have the state create a model contract for districts to use with charter schools, although the mandate to use it was removed.

Read more from our Tallahassee bureau here.

[Last modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 11:15am]


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