The bill's sponsor, Senator Kelli Stargel (R)- Lakeland, clumsily danced around answers to pertinent questions, like, "Why is a parent trigger even needed in Florida?" or, "Who supports parent trigger in Florida."
I'm tired of the non answers, the wrong answers, and frankly, the lies presented with gusto such as the fabricated parent group with the slick video that support this bill. The truth about SB 862, aka, the Parent Trigger bill is as follows:
1) Does the parent trigger bill offer a new option to parents?
2) Does this bill truly empower parents as the title suggests?
No. Contrary to Senator Stargell's remarks, charters do not close after two years of F-ratings. First, by law, they are not graded until after the second year. Then, if they receive F-ratings, and a district wants to close them, charters turn to the State Board of Ed to appeal the closure. At best, you cannot close a failing charter for three years. Just look at all the failing charters that still exist!
Florida has more choice than any other state in the nation. Florida offers: McKay Scholarships; Vouchers; Florida Virtual; 600+ charter schools; Magnet schools; Homeschooling; Cyber Charters and 100% Virtual schools for parents; along with an existing conversion clause to charter.
and many more...
FACT: There is no entity - no grassroots parents group that has chosen to form support for the concept of parent trigger of their own volition whatsoever. That lie was exposed in Kathleen McGrory's Miami Herald article on April 26.
8) Why do parents oppose parent trigger?