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State Senate Committee OKs Parent-Trigger Bill

AUSTIN (March 28, 2013)--The Senate Education Committee sent a modified version of a bill that would make it easier for parents to urge school boards to close failing schools or convert them into charters to the full Senate Thursday.

Currently, state officials can reorganize schools rated "Academically Unacceptable" for two straight years and then, if those schools don’t improve for three more years, a majority of parents can petition school boards seeking closure or conversion to charters.

Senate Bill 1263 originally aimed to let parents seek school board action after just two years of unacceptable ratings, but an amended version approved by the committee Thursday made it three years.

The new bill also says petitions against failing schools must be truly grassroots and not influenced by charter operators.


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