NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation 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 9-4 in the House Education Committee on Wednesday.
Sponsors say the measure, which failed last year, gives parents a say-so at the table and another option to better educate their children.
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.
An amendment was added that prevents parents from being coerced by outside groups in making their decisions.