Legislation to allow parents to take over failing schools is poised for a vote in the state senate later this week or next.
The so called parent trigger bill would let parents in schools that received an F for two our of three years vote to turn the school over to a private corporation.
Sponsor Kelli Stargel of Lakeland says the legislation will get parents who haven’t been paying attention to the school involved.
"What this bill would do in my opinion is get parents involved. A lot of times people are stuck in a situation and they don't know where to go and they don't know how to fight, they don't know what's available to them. What this bill would do is tell these parents who are stuck in a failing school you do have a voice you do have a say," said Sen. Kelli Stargel.
A majority of 50% plus one would have to vote to change the school.
Stargel says even if only thirty percent vote for a change, that would be thirty percent more parents involved than before the vote.