Lawmakers gave final, unanimous passage Thursday to the creation of a “parent trigger” law for poor-performing schools in the Recovery School District.
House Bill 115, sponsored by state Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, will let parents petition the state-run RSD to return a school back to local control if that school has earned a “D” or “F” grade from the state for five consecutive years.
It would take parents of a majority of the students signing the petition. Students must have been attending the school for at least two years in order for their parents to sign.
The Recovery School District is run by the state Department of Education to manage chronically low-performing schools. It currently operates 80 schools around the state, including 68 in New Orleans and eight in Baton Rouge.
Lawmakers sent the bill to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk with a 98-0 vote of the House and 39-0 vote of the Senate.