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Florida Republicans Resurrect 'Parental Trigger' Bill, Creating Another Pathway to Privatize K-12 Schools

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'A thinly veiled invitation for charter school takeovers. In the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions, Jeb Bush, Michelle Rhee and allies tried to get a parent trigger law through the Florida legislature but met a solid wall of parent resistance. Now the same forces are gathering for another run at privatizing the Sunshine State's public schools. The method is to declare not just F schools eligible for charter takeover, but D and F schools; to get more such 'failing' schools by raising the bar on the testing. Voila! A bigger market for the charter industry! Does it sound familiar: legislating the privatization of “failing” public schools? This time, it seems like they have merely removed the parents from the “parent trigger.” And, by removing the option of a district managed turnaround option, this bill will force persistently low performing schools to close or become privatized.'

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