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Florida ‘Trigger bills’ ready to start power battle with educators


I’m a mom. I’m also a teacher. I have taught thousands of kids over the last 20 years of my career. When I walk into a school or a classroom I know what’s going on, and how to judge effective and ineffective instruction. I’m highly qualified, says Jennifer Wolfe for Yahoo! News. I’m a mom. I’m not a doctor. I have treated thousands of scrapes, rashes, fevers, itches, lumps and bumps. But when I walk into a hospital I have no idea what’s going on, or how to provide effective care for patients. I’m not qualified. So when I read about the so-called “parent trigger bill” I get pretty fired up. Currently, there are two bills in the Florida legislature that would turn over power to parents . The idea behind this baffles me. The first bill, House Bill 1191 or the Parent Empowerment Act, would allow parents to have the power to fire staff. That means that someone who has a grudge, or wishes to place blame for their child’s poor performance, would have the means to remove principals, vice-principals, and teachers like me from jobs that they are highly trained for…

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