Atlanta, GA (AP) - Georgia parents soon may have the option of
forcing school districts to adopt drastic reforms to turn around troubled schools.
A bill introduced in the Georgia Legislature this week would mirror the so-called "parent trigger" law passed in California last year. It would allow parents to petition local districts to overhaul schools that consistently fall below federal benchmarks.
Parents can choose among converting the school to a charter,
replacing all the staff or even closing it.
The California law is already under legal challenge by families who say district officials have tried to thwart a move to convert a failing Compton elementary school into a charter school.
The Georgia bill is being sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers.
Senate Bill 68: http://www.legis.state.ga.us
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