Gov. Scott weighs in on ‘parent trigger’ bill, says it’s “so logical”

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As the Senate moves toward a possible showdown over a bill (SB 1718) that would give more power to parents when determining what to do about failing schools, Gov. Rick Scott is weighing in urging passage, saying that the bill is “so logical.”

The measure would give parents the ability to determine what happens to failing public schools in some circumstances, and among the options would be to turn the school into a charter school run by a private company. While backers say the measure gives more power to parents, critics say the bill is simply a gift to those companies that run charter schools. “If you’re in a poor performing school, don’t you want your kid to get some better options?”

Scott said Friday morning in an interview with WFLA radio in Orlando. “Who should be making these decisions? Shouldn’t the parents? There are great traditional public schools, there’s great charter schools – it’s not pro-one thing or pro-the other, it’s pro-accountability, it’s pro-giving parents an option.” The bill was discussed on the Senate floor Thursday evening and could come up for a vote today, but opponents say they believe they may have the 20 votes to kill it.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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