Patricia Levesque, the executive director of former Gov. Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future, held a press conference Tuesday morning to rally support for the controversial parent-trigger proposal.
Levesque was accompanied by Pat DeTemple, a senior strategist for Parent Revolution, the group that helped create the law in California.Nikki Lowery, of former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's organization, StudentsFirst, joined via telephone.
The so-called parent-trigger bill (SB 862, HB 867) would allow parents to demand sweeping changes at failing public schools, including having the school converted into a charter school. It would also prevent children in struggling schools from having a teacher deemed "ineffective" for two consecutive years.
The bill has met resistance from the state Parent Teacher Association, grassroots parent groups, school districts and the teachers' union, who say it would enable for-profit charter-school management companies to take over traditional public schools. Democrats have voted against it at nearly every committee stop.