The “parent trigger” bill was hotly debated this afternoon by the Florida House, which then passed the measure 68 to 51.
The bill aims to give parents more say in the fate of a failing school. But critics fear it will be a mechanism for turning public schools over to private (and for-profit) management companies. They also argue that Florida parents don’t want the measure.
“I reject your premise that parents do not have a voice,” said Cynthia Stafford, D-Miami, speaking against the measure. “Not only do parents have a voice, they also have a seat at the table.”
The bill allows an end run around local school boards and proclaims “outside, for-profit companies as heroes,” added Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, D-Maitland. ”It’s about misleading the public.”