Socially constructed social problems have been in the debate for a while since the role of social constructivism was established to have the significant impact on people’s lives. On February 28, 2012, Tampa Bay Times ran a story about the “The Parent Empowerment” bill that failed to go past Florida Senate. In the bill, parents wanted to be given the right to petition for a school turnaround option for their school that only manages to score an F grade from the state (Solochek 2012). The drafters of the bill, led by Elizabeth Benacquisto, argued concerning contentious issues; for example, students given room to rate their teachers as unsatisfactory in two years consecutive and limiting the collection of parents signature by setting the strict criteria.
However, a year later on April 1, 2013, Tampa Tribune reported a breakthrough since the bill was eventually passed. The education committee at the senate argued that it was necessary to give parents a say in deciding which way for a school with chronic performance (Cootterell 2013). Although opponents of the bill asserted that it would give profit-making charter schools to take over their running, it did not guarantee the surety of better grades in the future.
For an issue to be considered the social one, it must accomplish following criteria:
The issue of a social problem forms an integral part of the community and what role it has in determining the direction of the public schools. This bill, although took considerable time to pass, will help parents have a voice in deciding the fate of a school that performs dismally. In fact, the existing laws do not give enough options to turnaround schools that do not perform well. At the moment, parents can choose to turnaround such schools by changing the board, reassign students to the better performing schools, close the school, and reopen it after the accomplishment of the changes. This will give the parents a freehand in choosing the new board that would test and choose the most effective ways to run the school and curriculum.