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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2360         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 429

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to a "parent trigger petition" at schools in the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Donald Humason

 

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2360        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 429

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 429) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to creating a "parent trigger petition" process at underperforming or chronically underperforming schools in the Commonwealth

.  Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to a "parent trigger petition" at schools in the Commonwealth.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 1J of chapter 69 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after subsection (w), the following new subsection:-

              (w ½) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any underperforming or chronically underperforming public school that requires further improvement or has failed to improve, following the commissioner’s review as detailed in subsection (w), may be subject to further turnaround plans, as initiated by a petition signed by the parents of a majority of the students enrolled at said underperforming or chronically underperforming school.

              If the commissioner is presented, in the time and manner specified by commissioner rule, a written petition signed by the parents of a majority of the students enrolled at said underperforming or chronically underperforming, specifying one or more of the actions described below by subdivisions (1) through (3), inclusive, that the parents request the commissioner to order, the commissioner shall, except as otherwise authorized by this subsection, order the specific action requested. If the school committee of the said district in which the underperforming or chronically underperforming school is located presents to the commissioner, in the time and manner specified by commissioner rule, a written request that the commissioner order specific action authorized by said subdivisions (1) through (3), inclusive, other than the specific action requested in the parents’ petition and a written explanation of the basis for the school committee’s request, the commissioner may order the action requested by the school committee.

              Under this subsection, the commissioner shall have the authority to order the following actions:

              (1)              repurposing of the underperforming or chronically underperforming school;

              (2)              closure of the underperforming or chronically underperforming school; or

              (3)              educational choice, whereby students of the underperforming or chronically underperforming school are offered a monetary voucher to cover the cost of attendance at any private or other public school.

              SECTION 3. This Act shall be effective beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

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