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Rep. Morgan to Host Discussion on 'Trigger Bill'

District 39 Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) will host a call for parents to learn more about House Bill 123.

State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) will host a free conference call to give parents an opportunity to learn more about House Bill 123—the “Parent Trigger” bill currently under consideration in the Georgia General Assembly.

Anyone who would like to participate in the call should send their email address and phone number to renardo@alishamorgan.com. The call will take place 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

“This could be parent engagement at its height,” said Rep. Morgan. “With legislation this important we need to hear from parents to ensure their voices are included in this debate. I'm hosting this call to provide information and to listen to one of the most important stakeholder groups in education, parents.”

HB 123 provides parents and teachers several options for transforming low-achieving schools. These options would allow parents and teachers to decide whether their low-achieving school should:

  1. Remove administration;
  2. Restructure the school;
  3. Allow for an option to transfer a student to a better performing school in the district;
  4. Utilize a school management team;
  5. Impose student improvement plans; and/or
  6. Convert to a charter school.

To enact these options, more than 50 percent of parents or teachers in a low performing school would have to sign a petition. The petition would then go before the local school board for consideration.

The board would be required to act within 60 days of receiving such a petition.  If a petition is supported by more than 60 percent of parents or teachers, the local school board would need a 2/3 vote to reject the petition. 

Click here for more information on HB 123.

Frank February 23, 2013 at 04:50 PM
As this bill is currently crafted, a simple majority of parents or legal guardians attending a special meeting announced with just TWO weeks notice could launch the petition for the school board to consider over your objection. Here is the language... "...by the vote of more than 50 percent of such parents or legal guardians at a public meeting called with two weeks' advance notice." If you think we have voter fraud now, wait until this trigger bill passes. Who counts the votes? How will they be monitored? What checks and balances will be in place to ensure that the people actually voting have students enrolled within the school or high school cluster? Transfer options exist today based on capacity at schools.
Daniel H. February 23, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Here we go again. Alisha Thomas Morgan's top campaign contributor in 2010 was American Federation for Children, a right wing group pushing for the privatization of public schools. Dem in name only. People in Georgia are just blindly handing over the schools to a bunch of for profit management companies by accepting all of this misnamed and misleading legislation. Public services such as public ed are the last sources of income for the corporations to suck up now that they've sucked up everything else.
electric123 February 24, 2013 at 08:21 AM
As I am not a parent so this does not concern me but everything that Rep. Morgan brings to light I investigate due to her timing on things like the Falcon's stadium, the Sandy Hook shooting incident and her town hall meeting afterwards, as a staunch Democrat I am still dissatisfied with the direction of the Democrat party lines on Gay marriages, and bandwagon jumping! I believe Rep. Morgan does all these things for political motivation or to further her career.

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