Fla. House passes 'parent trigger' law - FOX 35 News Orlando

Fla. House passes 'parent trigger' law

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By JAMES L. ROSICA
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida House has passed a bill that gives parents a vote in turnaround options for failing public schools.
 
The "parent trigger" bill (HB 867) was passed by a 68-51 vote on Thursday.
 
The proposed law would give parents a say on how to deal with a failing school. The voting would be done through a petition drive.
 
The bill is supported by many -- but not all -- Republicans.  Democrats criticized it as a backdoor measure to let for-profit companies take over public schools. Parent groups and teachers' unions also oppose it.
 
A companion bill (SB 862) is also moving in the Senate.

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