Monday, April 4, 2011

Senator Spence on ‘Empowering Parents’

Senator Nancy Spence, R-Centennial, has proposed an amendment to House Bill 11-1126. Under existing law, schools that are assigned to “improvement plan” or “turnaround plan” accreditation status by the Colorado Department of Education have up to five years to improve before action is taken.

The Spence amendment would permit a Parent Advisory Group to seek action after three years of unsatisfactory performance. Parents would collect signatures from 50% of the families at the failing school and present the petition to the local board of education. Parents could choose to close the school and give each student the option to attend another school in the district or convert the school to a charter or an innovative school.

“This is another way of empowering parents by giving them the opportunity to take positive action when their child has been stuck in a failing school for three or more years,” said Spence.

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