'Parent trigger' bill would let families & teachers vote to close schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida House has readied a bill for a final vote that would give parents a vote in turnaround options for failing public schools.

The "parent trigger" bill (HB 867) could be passed by the full House later this week. It would give parents a say through a signature drive.

Parents could vote on four options. One of those options includes turning the school into a charter school. Democrats and teacher unions oppose the bill because they fear the possibility of public schools being turned over to for-profit charter school companies. The local school board makes the final decision.

 A similar bill passed the House last year but died in the Senate on a tie vote. The measure then made a comeback in both chambers this session.

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