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

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

April 15th, 2014 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Rep. John Deberry

Rep. John Deberry

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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.