Florida's state Senate narrowly killed a bill on Friday that would have allowed parents with children in failing public schools to leapfrog their local school boards and take control, Reuters reports. The controversial "Parent Trigger" plan that backers said would empower parents by allowing them to direct efforts to turn schools around needed a simple majority vote to pass, but the measure failed with an even 20-20 tie. It would have given parents a slate of options that included turning schools over to for-profit charter school companies. Teachers union representatives and local school boards hailed the proposal's defeat, but acknowledged...

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