Portion of 'parent trigger' bill revived

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The parent trigger bill has been reloaded.

Earlier this week, state senators killed the legislation with a tie vote. But on Thursday, House Republicans revived a portion of the bill with an amendment to charter school legislation.

"Is this an effort to put the most highly effective teachers in the worst schools?" said Rep. Michael Bileca, R-Miami.

House Democrats railed against the amendment.

"When we reviewed parent trigger, we always said there is something wrong with the evaluations," said Rep. Betty Reed, D-Tampa.

The amendment would allow parents to receive a notice when their child has a teacher with an ineffective rating for two straight years. They could then remove their child from the teacher's class.

A coalition of teachers in the House say the evaluation system is flawed, making the amendment dangerous.

Members voted, and the bill was placed on final passage.

The bill has to be passed by the full House and then by the Senate. Lawmakers have about one day to get it done.

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