New â€˜Parent Triggerâ€™ Bill Would Let Families, Teachers Vote To Close Schools
The chair of the Indiana Senateâ€™s Education Committee calls it â€œthe smorgasbord menu of options for school reorganization.â€
As part ofÂ a bill overhauling Indianaâ€™s current â€œparent triggerâ€ law, Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, proposes giving parents, teachers or local school boards new powers to intervene in schools that have received at least three straight Fâ€™s from the state.
The legislation he filed Tuesday empowers any one of these groups to petition to either close a struggling school, transfer its students to schools with higher test scores or reorganizeÂ it as a charter school.
While some have criticized parent trigger measures as â€œinherently divisiveâ€ or as another meansÂ of diverting public dollars to private management companies, Kruse says parents in struggling schools should not have to wait through six yearsâ€™-worth of Fâ€™s for the state to intervene.