Among the casualties are school vouchers and making it easier for disgruntled parents to throw out their school administrators.
“I think we gave the impression that we were forcing a whole lot of stuff down folks’ throats,” says Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, who sponsored the parent-trigger bill. “And perception is reality.”
Reality is reality too.
But wait—it's never too late to exploit schoolchildren for corporate cash. Senate Education Committee chair Dolores Gresham has resurrected legislation to allow for-profit charter schools in Tennessee.
"As we all know, charter schools are an important part of ongoing education reform. Now that we see the real value of charter schools, now we have one more step," Gresham said as her bill cleared her committee last week.