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Legislature’s Education Committees Refuse to Pass Parental Trigger Expansion Bills

The Senate Education Committee and its Assembly counterpart on Wednesday each gave only two votes to a pair of CTA-opposed measures that would expand the universe of parental trigger schools.

Both SB 452, by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), and AB 815, by Assembly Republican Chair Connie Conway (R-Tulare), would have allowed private charter school operators to persuade local parents to turn a public school over to these operators.

CTA and other pro-public school groups made the case that parental triggers have proven to be divisive, pitting groups of parents against each other and distracting the students.

While the voting rolls were kept open until the end of the day – and while the committee chairs allowed each author to bring the bills up at some future time for a “reconsideration” vote – for all intents and purposes, the bills are dead for this legislative year.

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