Statement from Patricia Levesque on the Senate’s Vote on the Parent Empowerment Act
Friday, March 09, 2012
Tallahassee, Florida – Today, Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future, released the following statement regarding the Florida Senate vote on the Parent Empowerment Bill.
“It is a sad day for Florida’s parents and students when 20 Senate members vote against giving parents the tools they need to improve their child's persistently failing school. The Parent Empowerment Act was one vote short of equipping more parents to have a seat at the table with school leaders and guaranteeing Florida students’ right to learn from effective educators. I thank our state lawmakers who voted to acknowledge the legitimacy of a parent’s voice in their child’s education. I particularly thank Senator Benacquisto and Representative Bileca for their leadership and commitment to bringing every Sunshine State student, regardless of their zip-code, a world-class education. This legislation has sparked debate and discussion that will fuel future student-centered reform.”
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