Kelsey also is the sponsor of the so-called parent trigger legislation, which gives parents the ability to push for more choices if an individual school is failing. It failed to pass last year after Kelsey asked the Senate Finance Committee to place the measure on its 2016 calendar. The measure has now failed three years in a row.
State law currently allows 60 percent of parents to petition for a change to be made at a school.
Under the failed proposal, if 51 percent of parents at a school in the bottom 10 percent of failing schools believe a drastic change is needed, they could select from several “turnaround models,” including a conversion to a charter school or changing administrators.