Rep. Carlos Trujillo files parental trigger, err, parent empowerment bill

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Representative Carlos Trujillo wants to give parents a voice to help transform their child’s failing school. House Bill 867, Parent Empowerment in Education, was filed yesterday by Rep. Trujillo, who stressed the importance of giving parents a seat at the table to achieve real change. 

“This bill gives moms and dads the opportunity to actively engage in helping to transform their child’s struggling school,” said Trujillo. “Parents want to be sure their sons and daughters are receiving the best educational opportunities available regardless of their circumstance, and this bill will give families a well-deserved voice in decisions about how to make things better for their kids.” 

HB 867 will also guarantee that each student has an effective or highly effective teacher at least every other year. Identical legislation, Senate Bill 862, is sponsored by Senator Stargel. 

“Parent Empowerment insists on quality and gives parents a platform to engage in the discussion,” added Trujillo. “In what world would we want to deny parents that ability?”

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