From Kathleen McGrory in The Buzz:

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, would have let parents demand sweeping changes at failing public schools, including having the school transformed into a charter school.It had been watered down by an amendment from Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that would have allowed school boards to reject parent petitions.


Most observers thought the Simmons amendement would have given Stargel the votes she needed to pass the bill out of the upper chamber. But a handul of Republicans joined the Democratic opposition Tuesday, including: Sens. Nancy Detert, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Rene Garcia, Jack Latvala, Greg Evers and Charlie Dean.


Detert pointed out that parents across the state had opposed the legislation.


“The minute you vote yes, your PTA is going to call you and say, What were you thinking?'” she said.

The bill was considered a priority for former Gov. Jeb Bush and his education non-profit, the Foundation for Florida’s Future.


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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  1. Thank you for all your help and work and reporting you did on this bill along the way!

  2. 3D Learner says:

    Bob, Kathleen, Rita and all who raised hell — thank you

    Rick Scott may take credit for killing the bill — and he may deserve it. Because of your hard work, he realized that bill would be an albatross around his neck

    What you all did was expose the problems with the bill — a bad bill, no parent support and incredible hypocrisy when the very vehicle the bill would require — a petition drive — was found to be filled with duplicate signatures, people who either misunderstood or were tricked into signing, and even then did not have that many signatures

  3. JaneMiami says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful and informative articles. Mr. DLP, duly noted!

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