Parent trigger proposal fails this session

Friday, April 10, 2015, Vol. 39, No. 15

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that would make it easier for parents to convert struggling public schools into charter schools has failed this session.

Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown, the sponsor of the measure, asked Monday for the Senate Finance Committee to place the legislation on its calendar for next year. It failed last year, and the year before.

The House sponsor withdrew the measure from a House education subcommittee this year.

Currently in Tennessee, there is a statute that would allow 60 percent of parents to petition for a change to be made at a school.

Under the failed proposal, if 51 percent of parents at a school in the bottom 10 percent of failing schools believe a drastic change is needed, they could select from several "turnaround models," including a conversion to a charter school or changing the administrators.