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.