Low-Performing Schools Bill Passes Senate

Mar 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Parents of children in low performing Oklahoma public schools could petition to have them converted to charters school and, in some cases, have a principal and other administrators fired, under a bill approved by the Senate. 

 The Senate voted 30-12 on Wednesday mostly along party lines for the Parent Empowerment Act by Oklahoma City Republican Sen. David Holt. Holt described the bill as Oklahoma's version of a ``parent trigger.''  If a school received a ``D'' or an ``F'' grade for two consecutive years, parents could petition to change the school to a charter school if 51 percent of the parents in the district agree.   In Oklahoma City and Tulsa school districts, parents could also petition to  have all of the administrators replaced.