Panel Advances Parent Trigger Bill in House

Thursday, March 13, 2014, Vol. 129, No. 50

NASHVILLE (AP) – A proposal that would allow parents to decide the fate of a struggling school is advancing in the House.

The so-called parent trigger legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. John DeBerry of Memphis was approved on a voice vote in the House Education Subcommittee on Tuesday.

DeBerry says the measure, which failed last year, gives parents a say-so at the table.

Under the proposal, if 51 percent of parents at a school in the bottom 10 percent of failing schools believe a drastic change is needed, they can then select from several "turnaround models." For instance, they may want to convert it to a charter school or change the administrators.

There were some concerns about the bill, such as costs as a result of the changes. DeBerry said he would address those concerns in the House Education Committee.

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