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Controversial Parent Trigger Bill back in the Florida Legislature

11:34 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Depending on who you ask, the Parent Trigger Bill could give parents more control in the classroom, or ruin public education.

The controversial bill is making its second round in the Florida Legislature, but parents are torn on the issue,

"I check their homework over with them to make sure they understand and that it's correct," said Napherteria Evans.

Evans is dedicated to her children's education.

So when her daughter's school went from being 'A' rated to 'F' rated, she was concerned.

"We were so upset because we were so excited to be an 'A' school and then we turned to an 'F' school, and it was like, what's going on? And what do we need to do better as parents or teachers or principals to make our school better," she said.

That's where the proposed Parent Trigger Bill kicks in.

It would give parents of kids in failing schools the option to gather petitions, and propose a drastic change to the school.

Parents could either ask to turn the school in to a charter or close it down all together.

The proposal narrowly failed in the Florida legislature last year, with parent groups and the Florida Parent Teacher Association strongly against it, and Charter School advocates strongly in favor.

Parents seem torn on the issue.

"It won't work in every school. Because if you get rid of the teachers and the principals, they might have been the ones helping the students," she said.

Any proposed change would have to be approved by the school board, but it would require a lot of legwork on the part of parents in the district as well.

"It's not just putting it on the teachers. Parent involvement is so important because the teachers can't do it themselves," she said.

The bill was just introduced on Wednesday, so it will be a little while before there is any movement on this, but California and Georgia have similar proposals working their way through their state government.

First Coast News