An Act To Enhance Parental Roles in Education Choice
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA c. 101, sub-c. 3 is enacted to read:
PARENTAL EMPOWERMENT IN SCHOOL RESTRUCTURING
§ 1071. Parental empowerment
Sec. 2. Implementation. When implementing this Act the Commissioner of Education shall review the provisions of the laws and regulations of California and other states on parent initiation of school restructuring and incorporate through rulemaking provisions of those laws and regulations that will facilitate the effective and efficient implementation of this Act.
This bill allows parents to petition for the restructuring of a school that is not making adequate yearly progress. Restructuring may include closure of the school, conversion of the school to a charter school, replacement of school leadership and teachers and oversight by the State of structural improvements. This bill is based on a process referred to as the "Parent Trigger" adopted by the State of California in 2009.