Jeb Bush’s Desperate Attempt to Save Florida’s Parent Trigger Legislation

Apparently, its not such a sure thing to advocates of Florida’s parent trigger legislation. After Bush ally John Thrasher’s attempt to circumvent the committee process failed this afternoon, Bush sent the following email to followers:


Dear Friend,

Florida’s parents and students need your help. Tomorrow, the Senate Budget Committee is holding a special meeting on a bill to empower parents with the information and tools they need to be actively involved in their child’s education.

Please contact your senator today and ask them to vote YES tomorrow and next week, when the entire Senate will vote on this crucial bill.

This is a defining moment for Florida’s students and parents. Presently, children in chronically failing schools have a 50 percent less chance of being proficient in reading and a significantly reduced chance of graduating. But this bill, known as the Parent Empowerment Act, will give parents a seat at the negotiating table – a table that currently has no parent representation – when school leaders are deciding how to improve a failing school. Parents should be involved in this discussion, they alone are solely motivated by love and a desire to ensure their local school provides their children with the quality education they deserve.

Our students are our future. Join me – and tell your Senator to join – in supporting this opportunity to empower parents and students to demand a quality, world-class education.


Jeb Bush
Chairman of the Foundation for Florida’s Future

Thrasher has apparently signaled to Bush that danger exists for his signature legislation  in tomorrow morning’s hearing. How come? The Senate Budget committee has 21 members and only five are Democrats. So what’s the problem?

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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