Eye on Education

Ohio State Rep. Plans to Introduce “Parent Trigger” Bill

State Rep. Andy Brenner, R-Powell, says he plans to introduce a bil that would allow parents of students attending low-performing schools to put a measure before voters to close, privatize or otherwise transform the school. It’s called a parent trigger law.

(You might remember the concept from a movie that came out last year called Won’t Back Down.)

There’s a version of the law already in place for the Columbus school district. Brenner, the vice chair of the House Education Committee, wants to expand the concept to low-performing schools throughout the state.

“It’s going to be kind of hard for somebody to argue, well this is some of the worst schools in the state of Ohio, these parents don’t have the right to do this,” [Brenner said.]
The parent trigger would only be available to schools that fall in the bottom 5% statewide based on their report card’s performance index score. The bill would also use the forthcoming A-F report card system in determining which buildings are subject to the trigger. It, therefore, would likely be phased in over a couple years, he said.

Read more at: www.gongwer-oh.com

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