TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Senate panel has made a late change to a bill giving parents a voice in turning around failing schools.
    
The bill was amended on Thursday to remove the State Board of Education as a final arbiter in settling disputes when parents and local school boards disagree on a turnaround plan.
    
Under the new version, parents would still be able to propose a plan to improve the school. But the local school board would make the final decision.
    
But the local board would have to explain its reasons for going against the parents' plan at a public meeting.
    
The change was made by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.
    
The Florida House has passed a version giving the state board a role when the parents and local board disagree.

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