'Parent trigger' bill clears another House panel

Florida Education
Posted at 11:01 AM, Mar 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-22 07:04:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The House's education panel cleared a bill that would give Florida parents a vote on turnaround plans for failing public schools.

The House Education committee Friday cleared the "Parent Empowerment in Education Act" (HB 867) on a 10-7 vote.

It's also known informally as the "parent trigger" bill. It would allow parents to vote on what to do with a failing school. Options include reassigning students to other schools or handing the school over to a private company to run as a charter school.

Opponents say it's a back-door way to hand public schools over to private educational companies. Backers say that it will encourage parents to get involved in their children's education.