Is Jeb Bush Pressuring One Senator to Change His Vote on Parent Trigger?


The Tampa Bay Tribune says so:

Apparently, the parent trigger bill means a lot to former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush, who now oversees two foundations dedicated to education reform, reached out to Senators before the controversial vote Friday afternoon.

One particular target: Alan Hays, the Umatilla Republican.

Hays voted against the proposal, which failed 20-20. But after the vote, the pressure continued. Bush had Gary Lester, vice president of the Villages retirement community in Hays district, phone the senator to ask him to reconsider his vote, sources said.

It was unclear what Hays planned to do.

The parent trigger bill would enable parents to demand sweeping changes at low-performing public schools, including having the school converted into a charter school. Supporters say it would empower parents to take charge of their neighborhood schools. But opponents say the bill was written to benefit for-profit school management companies.

Really? Bush would go as far as getting an elected senator to change his vote? Is a former governor willing to go above board like this  to get a senator to change his vote?

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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One Response to Is Jeb Bush Pressuring One Senator to Change His Vote on Parent Trigger?

  1. Pingback: The Morning After Defeating Florida’s Parent Trigger Bill | FPEP Blog

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