Georgia Lawmakers Weigh 'Parent Trigger' Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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:

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  • by oh great!!! on Feb 11, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    why would anyone consider the Fed's to be wise enough to hold any kind of power on such a bill anyway? rather than take away schools resources, give them BACK the power the feds have taken away over the years. to control their own schools and the population they teach. sadly, every child is not the same, environment plays a lot in their learning curve, and the teacher's know this. take away these government controls and mandates and let them teach the kids. the government is systematically dumbing us down so they can raise themselves. get out of our bedrooms, out of our classrooms and out of our personal business and do what we elected you to do, PERIOD!!!
  • by Teacher Location: Georgia on Feb 11, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    I think every lawmaker in Georgia should have to spend 5 days working in one of these "troubled" schools to see what teachers put up with on a daily basis. Most of our current lawmakers have no idea what it takes to work in public education, especially in a low performing school. It would be interesting to see just how many of the folks making the laws have now or previously had children in a public school.
  • by Anonymous Location: Georgia on Feb 11, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    How dare the law makers do this to the educators. What we need is for the parents to take responsibility for their children. Have they done their schoolwork, do they study, where are they at night. Do you get up with them and send them off to school and go to work yourself. Do you cook supper for them and make sure they get the proper amount of sleep. Do you know your childs friends and their parents. Parents need to take a closer look at themselves. As educators go they all care for their students and have to listen to all the horror stories that the kids tell them what goes on at home and in the streets. The schools are a victim of whats coming around in our nation. The less educated are going to take it over, they are mass producing and the educated are not producing as many kids.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 11:46 PM
    Vouchers now!
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