Mush was celebrated in Sen. David Simmons amendment to Parent Trigger which carved out final say on the final choice to local school boards. It was somehow because Commissioner Tony Bennett suggested in a letter that local boards “shouldn’t be left off the hook.” Governor Rick Scott even mentioned Bennett’s involvement this weekend.
All that’s been torpedoed by Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto’s amendment that she quietly inserted yesterday just it time for today’s Senate Appropriations meeting. Here’s the wording.
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5 board. Pursuant to s. 1008.33, an implementation plan for the
6 adopted turnaround option must be submitted to the state board.
7 (a) If the district school board adopts a turnaround option
8 that is different from the turnaround option selected by
9 parents, it shall identify with its submission the turnaround
10 option selected by parents.
11 (b) If the state board determines that the turnaround
12 option selected by parents is more likely to improve the
13 academic performance of students at the school, the district
14 school board shall submit to the state board an implementation
15 plan for the turnaround option selected by parents.
16 (c) If the school improves by at
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19 And the title is amended as follows:
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22 requiring the school district to submit an
23 implementation plan to the state board;
Banacquisto, who sponsored last year’s defeated senate bill is trumping Simmons amendment and has effectively dispatched any illusion that republicans are the least bit interested in local control. The charter school lobby badly wants the state board, which as already demonstrated its favoritism to have final say. Her amendment represents the latest deceitful episode in the battle over this morally corrupt bill.