Fla. House passes "parent trigger" law

Posted at 6:20 PM, Apr 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-04 18:20:00-04

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.