In Your State

Arizona

  1. Bill status: None
  2. Most recent developments: Just announced in news story
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Goldwater Institute.

Arkansas

  1. Bill status: HB 1894 http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/2011R/Pages/BillInformation.aspx?measureno=HB1894
  2. Most recent developments: April 27 2011 – House Died in House Committee at Sine Die adjournment.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Rep. Debra Hobbs

California

  1. Bill status: Passed into law in January 2010. California’s Parent Trigger allows a 51 percent majority of parents at a failing school to petition the state to implement one of four changes: conversion to a charter school, switches to school staff and more local control over staffing and budget, the “transformation” turnaround model under No Child Left Behind, or closure.
  2. Most recent developments: California’s State Board of Regulations developed and passed regulations governing the law in September 2011.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Parent Revolution, .

Colorado

  1. Bill status: In 2011 HB 1270 was introduce. http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2011a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/C8A40116CBD9E2918725780800800707?open&file=1270_01.pdf
  2. Most recent developments: The bill has not been reintroduced in 2012 yet.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: House sponsorship Beezley, Acree, Barker, Becker, Conti, Holbert, Joshi, Murray, Nikkel, Summers, Szabo. Senate sponsorship, Spence, King K., Renfroe

Connecticut

  1. Bill status: Passed into law in May 2010. The law allows for “school governance councils,” elected advisory councils formed with a majority of parents that can recommend changes after three years of a school’s poor performance.
  2. Most recent developments: An affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers published a document touting its success in diffusing the Connecticut Parent Trigger law by giving parents only advisory and “no governing authority.”
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Connecticut Parents Union.

Florida

  1. Bill status: HB 1191 Introduced January 10, 2012 http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/1191
  2. Most recent developments: Legislators in both state houses have received and been reviewing draft Parent Trigger legislation for the 2012 session.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: The Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Georgia

  1. Bill status: SB 68 http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/sum/sb68.htm and HB 731 http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/sum/hb731.htm
  2. Most recent developments:  January 13 2012 – House First Readers
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Sen. Chip Rogers, Sen. John Albers, House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey

Indiana

  1. Bill status: Passed a modified version in May 2011. It allows 51 percent of parents at failing school to require that school to convert to a charter. The local school board must approve the conversion.  HB 1219 replaces the existing trigger law http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2012&session=1&request=getBill&docno=1219
  2. Most recent developments: 01/11/2012 House Education Committee report: do pass, adopted
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Rep. Behning, and Rep. Rhoads.

Louisiana

  1. Bill status:  No bill yet
  2. Most recent developments:  Gov. Bobby Jindal puts the parent trigger on his platform
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations:  Gov. Bobby Jindal

Maine

  1. Bill status: In 2011 HP 1047, “An Act To Enhance Parental Roles in Education Choice” http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_125th/billtexts/HP104701.asp
  2. Most recent developments:  The bill has not been reintroduced in 2012.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations:  Rep. Amy Volk

Maryland

  1. Bill status: In 2011 HB 1081, http://mlis.state.md.us/2011RS/billfile/HB1081.htm
  2. Most recent developments:  The bill has not been reintroduced in 2012.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations:  Delegates Bates, Aumann, Elliott, Hough, Kipke, McDonough

Michigan

  1. Bill status: Senate Bill 620 of 2011 was introduced in the state Senate by Sen. David Robertson (R-Grand Blanc) on September 7, 2011. It would allow 51 percent of parents, teachers, or a combination of the two to petition for that a failing public school be converted to a charter school.
  2. Most recent developments: On October 13, 2011, the Michigan Senate Education Committee recommended that the bill be amended and then pass for a floor vote.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: State Sen. David Robertson (R-Grand Blanc).

Missouri

  1. Bill status: In 2011 HB 393, http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB393&year=2011&code=R
  2. Most recent developments:  The bill has not been reintroduced in 2012.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Representatives Jones, Diekhaus, McNary, Barnes, Richardson, Koenig, Schoeller, and Cross.

Nevada

  1. Bill status: AB 367 http://www.leg.state.nv.us/76th2011/Reports/history.cfm?ID=754  and SB 366 http://www.leg.state.nv.us/76th2011/Reports/history.cfm?ID=865
  2. Most recent developments: April 16 2011 – (Pursuant to Joint Standing Rule No. 14.3.1, no further action allowed.)
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Rep. Hansen and numerous Senators

New Jersey

  1. Bill status: Parent Empowerment and Choice Act, A 1507 http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp?BillNumber=A1507 and S 803 http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp?BillNumber=S803
  2. Most recent developments: 1/10/2012 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Senator Kyrillos and Rep. Patrick

New York

  1. Bill status: Bill status: A07569 and S05777 Permits the parents of pupils attending a persistently lowest-achieving school to choose an education intervention model. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A07569&term=2011&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y  and http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S05777&term=2011&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y
  2. Most recent developments: January 4 2012 – referred to education
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Assemblyman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, Sen. Grisanti

Oklahoma

  1. Bill status: In 2011, SB 1229, HB 1745 and HB 1731 http://e-lobbyist.com/gaits/OK/HB1745
  2. Most recent developments: The bill has not been reintroduced in 2012
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Rep. Hall, Kern, Nelson, and Senator Ford

Pennsylvania

  1. Bill status: Dropped from 2011’s Senate Bill 1. Introduced as SB 1148 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2011&sind=0&body=S&type=B&bn=1148
  2. Most recent developments: The state Senate removed a Parent Trigger provision from several school choice bills they passed in October 2011. Two state senators introduced different versions of the Trigger directly afterward. Those would both allow for a majority of parents to require their child’s failing school be converted to a charter, closed, or rearranged.
    State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola (R-Dauphin, York) sponsored SB 250 and state Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) sponsored SB 1148.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: State Sens. Piccola, Williams, Rafferty, Folmer, Ferlo, and Dinniman.

Texas

  1. Bill status: Passed in June 2011 as Senate Bill 738. Requires a majority of parents and teachers at a failing school to petition for converting it to a charter school.
  2. Most recent developments: None since passage.
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Texans for Parental Choice in Education, state Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano), state Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio).

West Virginia

  1. Bill status: The Parent Empowerment and Choice Act HB 3051. January 11, 2012 – To House Education http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/Bills_history.cfm?input=3051&year=2012&sessiontype=RS&btype=bill
  2. Most recent developments:
  3. Sponsoring legislators and organizations: Rep. Jonathan Miller