Florida School Board Association Reaffirms Opposition to Parent Trigger


Last summer, the Florida School Board Association (FSBA) took the unprecedented step of signing onto a Resolution on High Stakes Testing. More than anything other development, the action established as one which is clearly opposing the Jeb Bush dominated legislative agenda. The FSBA released their platform at the end of last year and on Friday, the FSBA reemphasized their opposition to Parent Trigger:

Whereas, The Florida School Boards Association believes that Florida’s students are entitled to the highest quality educational opportunities; and

Whereas, Parent Trigger (sometimes referred to “Parent Empowerment”) initiatives seek to allow parents to select a turnaround option intended to improve a low performing school; and

Whereas, Florida law already provides a process for addressing low performing schools which includes significant input and participation from parents through each school’s School Advisory Council; and

Whereas, Florida offers parents with students in a low performing school a variety of choices such as magnet schools, transfer options, and scholarships if the parent wishes to enroll their child in a different school; and

Whereas, Parent Trigger initiatives are misleading, controversial, and lack evidence of effectiveness in improving low performing schools; and

Whereas, Parent Trigger initiatives seek to usurp, on both the local and state level, the constitutional authority of elected district school boards to operate, supervise, and control the public schools within the district; and

Whereas, Parent Trigger initiatives seek to provide a scant majority of parents at one school with the authority to divest the taxpayers of valuable school property that was paid for and belongs to all of the residents of the district; and

Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Florida School Boards Association opposes any initiative that seeks in institute a “Parent Trigger” initiative in response to a low performing schools because such initiatives are unlikely to be effective in improving a low performing school, could divest taxpayers of valuable property, and usurp the constitutional authority of locally elected school boards

When House sponsor Carlos Trujillo’s whined last week that “the unions and the establishment that are trying to control the debate and trying to control jobs,” it was an incomplete and disingenuous slur. While opposed to Parent Trigger, the FEA  doesn’t have the influence to defeat it. Trujillo knows this yet needs to create a boogeyman. Referring to elected school boards members of the FSBA  as the establishment is an insult, but typical of Bush disciples who frequently call public schools a monopoly all the while solidifying a charter school cartel through legislative fiat. Moreover, Trujillo doesn’t want to admit that almost a dozen parent  and civil rights groups are strongly opposed to his bill.

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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3 Responses to Florida School Board Association Reaffirms Opposition to Parent Trigger

  1. tom james says:

    Trujillo is just another far right wing crazy r from myami with the typical tunnel vision mentality looking to line his pockets off public education money.

  2. This just goes to show you how they think because Geatz said the same thing when he said teachers at charter schools might not to work at public schools and be under the thumb of unions. I wish they were clueless but it seems to calculated.

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