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Tweet That: Bush’s Foundation Not Giving Up On Parent Trigger Bill

Foundation For Florida's Future

The Foundation for Florida's Future is out with a new video after the defeat of the parent trigger bill. A provision of the bill lives on after it was added to another piece of legislation.

The Foundation for Florida’s Future isn’t giving up on the parent trigger bill. They’re asking people to announce their support on Twitter and other social media with ready-made post to cut and paste.

The bill — officially titled Parent Empowerment in Education — would give parents more power in choosing how to change a chronically failing school.

But it died this week, just as it did last year, in a 20–20 tie vote in the Senate.

The foundation, an education policy organization founded by former Gov. Jeb Bush, sent an email today with the subject line: “We will not ignore parents.”

From the email:

20 Florida senators and 68 representatives trusted Florida parents and voted to include them in the decision-making process on how to improve failing schools. But in the end, politics won out over parents.

Moms and dads who supported parent empowerment were told over and over again – by lawmakers and by the media – they do not exist. But their voices are just as important and just as meaningful as the voices of those in organizations who opposed this bill.

It then links to a video criticizing the defeat of the bill. The video features interviews with parents and footage from legislative committees where parents testified in favor of the bill.

The email encourages supporters to share the “message using ready-made posts.”

  • So many were behind #ParentEmpowerment this year and we’re thanking those who helped: http://bit.ly/11CUOkA#Sayfie
  • Parents, we’ll continue to work to make sure you’re not ignored: http://bit.ly/11CUOkA#Sayfie #ParentEmpowerment

Much of the parent trigger debate has focused on just how many Florida parents support the bill. A coalition of parent groups, including the PTA, opposed the bill and said it was being pushed by out-of-state interests.

Parent trigger supporters submitted a petition with more than 1,000 signatures, but some people whose names were on the petition said they didn’t sign it. A spokesman for StudentsFirst, the group which submitted the petition, said the petitions are legitimate because they logged the Internet addresses of the computers used to sign the petition.

Meanwhile, a video by a group called Sunshine Parents was actually produced by California-based Parent Revolution.

The session may not be a total loss for parent trigger supporters.

One provision of the failed bill was tacked onto a charter school bill that passed the Florida House today and now goes to Gov. Rick Scott. (The bill puts accountability measures in place for charters and makes it easier for charters to expand.)

The provision would prevent students from having teachers two years in a row in the same subject who are rated less than effective.

After the bill passed, the foundation tweeted:

The same bill also calls for a delay in Common Core assessments until all districts have the technology needed for implementation.


  • Stargazer

    Charter schools, parent trigger bill, etc. Follow the money. This isn’t reforming education. It’s killing it.

    • Com’on it’s absolutely designed designed to reform education – According to the Miami Herald a whole bunch of Chinese were set to come to Florida and Open Charter Schools..

      Hmm, understand Neil Bush has a lot of rich friends in China — wonder if there’s a connection?

  • crsd

    I don’t know any person who supports this bill. I know it’s popular with charter school companies and politicians, but I don’t know any of them. I know a LOT of parents (I am one).

  • Keith

    Name a Florida charter school company that is pushing for this? If you actually read the bill…you’ll see why they are not. This is not really helpful to charter schools. You may not know anyone personally who supports this, but that does not mean these parents don’t exist and I don’t blame them for being mad their voices are dismissed so easily.

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