‘Parent Trigger’ Legislation Joins Vouchers in Education Bill Graveyard

Tennessee lawmakers bit off more than they could chew this session when it comes to classroom reform, reports WPLN.
“I think we gave the impression that we were forcing a whole lot of stuff down folks’ throats,” says Rep. John DeBerry (D-Memphis). “And perception is reality.”
DeBerry’s legislation strengthening the state’s so-called “parent trigger law” is one of several major proposals abandoned for the year.
The national lobbying organization Students First is behind the push to make it easier for parents to overthrow the administration of a public school. Lobbyists say the clock ran out as they hashed out details. They promise to bring back the proposal next year.
The education reform that attracted the most lobbying activity this year has also failed.
One advocate was paying 11 lobbyists to push for school vouchers. Several were even running TV ads promoting the use of public education money to pay private school tuition.
….Many of the education proposals that received the most attention barely got off the ground. Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) gave another go at his so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The legislation would have required public school employees to alert parents if their child was possibly engaging in homosexual activity.
Liberal groups were incensed. But ultimately Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey probably did more than anyone to put the kibosh on the proposal, saying, “there are some tings that should be left inside the family.”
There were a number of separate proposals allowing teachers to carry guns in class or stationing armed guards in every school.
Chairs of the education committees put off the armed teacher bills, saying they would be lumped together and debated at one time. But before that could happen, Governor Haslam stepped in and molded the most mild version into a shape he could support.

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