Fla. Parent Trigger Bills Would Allow Parents to Fire Teachers

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Two bills in the Florida legislature would give parents overarching power to demand sweeping changes at low-performing schools.

Under the first parent trigger proposal -- House Bill 1191, or the Parent Empowerment Act -- parents would have the power to fire school staff. A majority of parents could also petition to have the principal replaced or have a charter school operator take over the school.

The second proposal, HB 543, or the Parental Involvement and Accountability in the Public Schools Bill, would conversely require elementary school teachers to grade parents on their involvement -- on issues like communication and student rates of absence and tardiness.

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