Parents, educators and supporters of public education will occupy the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., starting Friday to demand support for well-funded, high-quality public schools and an end to publicly funded private schools.
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In a press conference held Monday, state lawmakers representing both parties, along with members of Florida’s Parent Teacher Association, spoke out against the controversial K-12 education “Parent Trigger bill” currently moving through the state legislature.
According to a California-based organization backing Florida’s controversial “Parent Trigger bill,” the measure isn’t being led by charter schools or business-backed groups, and actually has the support of many in the public school system.
The controversial “Parent Trigger bill” filed by Rep. Michael Bileca, R-Miami, was approved by the Florida House in a party-line vote Thursday.
The GOP-sponsored Parent Empowerment in Education bill, also known as the “Parent Trigger bill” for K-12 education, passed a state Senate subcommittee Tuesday. The bill was filed by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Ft. Myers.
Florida Republicans are actively pursuing legislation to expand funding for charter schools, as part of a larger push to strengthen school choice in Florida and give more tax payer dollars to privately-run, non-traditional K-12 public charter schools.
The Florida House education committee today passed the “Parent Empowerment in Education” bill filed by state Rep. Michael Bileca, R-Miami. The proposal would allow “parents of students assigned to certain underperforming public schools” to petition their school district to implement a “school turnaround option selected by parents.”
A coalition of Florida teachers and PTA organizations are opposing a K-12 education bill filed by state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R- Fort Myers, and known as “Parent Empowerment in Education.”
Florida’s application for up to $100 million in early learning federal grant money was rejected today. According to a statement issued by Gov. Rick Scott, his insistence that the grant not come with “strings attached” did not “win the favor” of the agency awarding the funds.