TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Parents could "trigger" plans to turn around failing schools under a bill that has passed in the Florida House.
Those plans could include management by for-profit companies.
The roll call Thursday was 80-34 with Republicans in favor and most Democrats against. The bill (HB 1191) next goes to the Senate where a similar measure (SB 1718) is awaiting final committee action.
The bill is based on a similar law in California. It would require school districts to implement a turnaround plan if a majority of a school's parents vote for it.
Opponents argued that private companies would be able to use gifts and other questionable tactics to persuade parents to trigger a turnaround plan.
Supporters contended it would encourage parents to become more engaged in their children's education.
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