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TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLX) - The so-called "parent trigger" bill is on the agenda Monday for the state's education committee. That meeting starts at 3:15 p.m.

Senate bill 862, also referred to as the "parent empowerment" bill, gives parents the chance to make changes to low-performing schools.

Despite that name, many parent-teacher groups across the state do not support the bill.

State lawmakers tried to pass a similar bill last year, but it didn't pass.

If approved, parents could petition for changes in failing schools.

Those changes include having schools within the public school system be taken over by charter school companies.

Parents would also be able to request evaluation reports on their children's teachers.

Similar bills have been considered in other states, including Oklahoma and California.

Those against the bill say they're afraid it'll take the power away from local school districts and give that power to corporations that run charter schools.

For more on senate bill 862, visit: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2013/0862

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