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.