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What's next for the parent trigger bill?



Much is being made of the fact that a parent trigger bill made its way past its first stop in the Florida House. But as noted in our coverage this morning, seeds of possible discontent among key leaders are already being sown.

Education commissioner Tony Bennett sent a letter to the sponsors questioning the scope of the bill, particularly the piece that would send local disagreements over turnaround options to the State Board of Education. (Not that the State Board minds stepping into the middle of disputes over local charter school decisions, mind you.)

Senate Education Committee chairman John Legg told the Gradebook he shares the commissioner's concerns regarding local control. Moreover, Legg added that he worries about the parent trigger overshadowing more critical education reforms that he and others in the leadership want to accomplish.

"If that becomes the headline and it's all that anyone wants to talk about, then it becomes a distraction," Legg said. "We have other issues that are taking priority."

Among those are career and technical education, paths to high school graduation, the transition to the Common Core and its tests, and school security matters.

Legg has not yet scheduled the bill to be heard before his committee.

[Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:03pm]


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