A Memphis state representative is proposing a change in the so-called parent trigger education law that would give the state final approval.
A statute passed in 2011 allows parents to force education reforms at their children's public schools, but local school boards must sign off on the efforts.
Democratic Rep. John Deberry told WPLN-FM in Nashville his bill is intended to start a conversation about making it easier for parents to force reform. He is proposing that a simple majority of parents' signatures on a petition should allow that a school be transformed into a charter or closed altogether.
If Deberry's initiative is adopted, parents whose petition has been turned down by a local school board could appeal that decision to state officials.
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