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John Romano column: On parent trigger bill, they say tomato, I say morons



Tampa Bay Times' columnist John Romano does not mince words in this column. An excerpt:

In case you aren't up to speed, the state House passed a bill on Thursday that allows parents to petition for a variety of overhauls if a local school is struggling.

What's so bad about that, you ask?

In theory, not a thing.

But reality has a way of perverting, misappropriating and generally mucking up even the best of intentions. And I'm not even sure this one began with good intentions.

So if we can skip all of the minor details and skirmishes, the real issue is this legislation potentially allows public schools to be handed over to for-profit charter companies.

Some legislators insist that is not the bill's motivation. Others don't even try to disguise that it is a likely outcome.

[Last modified: Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:04pm]


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