Parent trigger bill language added to charter school proposal

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About three hours after a tie vote in the Senate killed the controversial “parent trigger” bill Tuesday, Senators amended another education bill to include provisions similar to some some of those in the failed proposal, reports Leslie Postal of the Orlando Sentinel.

A bill focused on charter schools (HB 7009) was amended Tuesday afternoon. It now requires that children in classes taught by teachers with an “unsatisfactory” or “needs improvement” ratings during the current school year could not be taught by similar teachers in the same subject next year.

A similar, but not identical, provision was in the “parent trigger” bill. It was not the most contentious part of that proposal — but it did spark debate and opponents of the overall bill didn’t like that provision.

The amendment to the charter bill was sponsored by Sen. Anitiere Flores, R-Miami, who voted for the “parent trigger” bill and spoke in favor of it on the Senate floor.

The charter bill passed the Senate with that amendment — and others — so must now return to the House, which had approved it earlier.

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