published Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Bill making it easier for parents to decide future of struggling schools dies

NASHVILLE -- A bill that makes it easier for parents to decide the future direction of a struggling school is dead for the year.

The so-called "parent trigger" bill, sponsored by Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, died for lack of a motion in the House Budget Subcommittee.

Under the proposal, 51 percent of parents with students in a school falling in the bottom 10 percent of failing schools agree change is needed, they can selected from one of several "turn around" models such as conversion to a charter school or a change in administration.

The current percentage of parents is 60 percent. DeBerry complained that limit clearly hasn't worked because no low-performing school has yet to have its management changed.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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