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Carlos Trujillo Files House Companion for ‘Parent Trigger’

Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, has filed the House version of the Parent Empowerment in Education, better known as the parent trigger, that was narrowly defeated in the Senate last year.

Trujillos bill, House Bill 867, is the companion to Senate Bill 862, which has already beenfiled by Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland.

Parent Empowerment, backed by former governor Jeb Bush, would allow parents to seek wide-ranging changes at low-performing schools, including changing a traditional neighborhood school into a charter school and giving parents an alternative to sending their children to F graded schools.

The bill closely resembles the 2011 effort labeled "Parent Empowerment" that was blocked in a tie vote after one of its Senate sponsors, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, changed his vote in protest of another bill not being advanced to the floor.

This bill gives moms and dads the opportunity to actively engage in helping to transform their childs struggling school, Trujillo stated in a release.

Parents want to be sure their sons and daughters are receiving the best educational opportunities available regardless of their circumstance, and this bill will give families a well-deserved voice in decisions about how to make things better for their kids.

Democrats have argued the legislation would end up pitting parents against one another by allow a failing public school to be turned over to a private, for-profit charter management company upon the collection of 51 percent of parents signatures.

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