Parent trigger bill narrowly defeated, Court rules Senate redistricting maps no good listen03/09/12 Lisa Marzilli
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The 2012 state legislative session ended around midnight on Saturday, but lawmakers will be coming back for a special session later this month after the Supreme Court shot down the Senateâ€™s redistricting maps today.
In other big state news, the â€œParent Empowerment Actâ€™ was narrowly rejected in the Senate Friday afternoon on a 20-20 tie vote. The so called â€œparent triggerâ€ bill would have allowed a simple majority of parents at a failing school (just 51%) to choose a â€˜turnaroundâ€™ strategy which could have included handing the school over to a private, for-profit charter school company.
Democrats may be the minority up in Tallahassee but they've been anything but silent this session. Senator Nan Rich (Democrat out of Weston) has been the â€œMike Fasanoâ€ of this trigger bill legislation. And by that I mean an articulate, progressive and outspoken critic of what many see as an effort to privatize the public school system here in Florida. We opened today's Last Call with a couple of minutes of a powerful speech Rich gave on the floor of the Senate this afternoon just prior to the vote on the parent trigger bill.