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.