Even in Victory, Trujillo Misrepresents Opposition to Parent Trigger

The most surprising news from yesterday’s passage of Parent Trigger (HB 867) in the that they Florida House was that there were seven republican votes against it in the final 68-51 tally. What wasn’t surprising was that bill sponsor, Carlos Trujillo, continued with his dubious rhetoric. From Palm Beach Post reporter John Kennedy:

A “parent-trigger” bill pushed by former Gov. Jeb Bush was among several classroom measures Thursday that cleared the Florida House over opposition from Democrats who warned against the expanding role of for-profit schools and online companies.

The trigger bill, recast after failing last year in the Senate, was approved 68-51 by the House following free-swinging debate.

Democrats accused Republicans of looking to help companies seeking taxpayer dollars by taking over failing Florida schools. GOP members fired back, accusing opponents of merely being toadies for the teachers’ union, which is fighting the measure (CS/HB 867).

“I’m glad everybody has read the union’s talking points,” Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, the bill’s sponsor, told Democrats. “But most of your comments have nothing to do with the bill.”

Trujillo has continually demonstrated that he will  utter any falsehood or use any slur to advance this bill. His pay-day will come later from the Jeb Bush-Florida Chamber of Commerce cabal in future support. These are the folks Trujillo got his talking points from.

So as Trujillo now gets to crawl back under a rock, it will be interesting if senate sponsor Kelli Stargel tries to focus on the presence of union lobbyist Jeff Wright and ignore the countless PTA and other actual parents in the room in framing opposition. It’s the only way she can avoid talking about the deceitful and divisive realities of Parent Trigger.






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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2 Responses to Even in Victory, Trujillo Misrepresents Opposition to Parent Trigger

  1. I’ve lost track of how many states have passed Parent Trigger bills, but I haven’t heard of any parent triggers happening in any of them. Here in California, Parent Revolution seems wary itself, having gotten a lot of negative coverage even from the generally fawning press about its launching divisive and destructive attacks on school communities from the outside. Its latest attitude seems to be “let us help you talk to your principal” rather than the “take over your school and throw the bums out” image it originally promoted.

    In the one supposedly “successful” parent trigger — which has been brazenly lied about far and wide by Parent Revolution and its paid mouthpieces — a charter operator with zero relevant experience is set to take over the attacked school in the fall, and the outcome is unknown, but one would have to be extremely naive not to see it as an extremely risky maneuver rather than a triumph for parent power of any kind.

  2. Sandra says:

    Georgia, Colorado, and Oklahima legislators decided that pursuing parent trigger bills provided solutions to non-existent problems, and as good stewards of the public interest and funds dropped their interest, rejecting the concept. Reframing via the old “union” narrative is a clear sign trigger proponents have no valid arguments to convince parents, community members, and taxpayers, the bill has merit; otherwise, that is what they would be talking about.

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