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TN lawmaker files 'parent trigger bill'

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(WMC-TV) - A Tennessee lawmakers said it's time to turn back the clock a bit, and make education about the children not the providers.

Earlier this week, Representative John DeBerry of Memphis filed a "parent trigger bill" that he hopes will help do that.

Right now, you have teachers who are dedicated.

You also have those parents who want the best for their children, and the students who are doing the best they can — but there are still failing schools.

That's why representative John DeBerry, who also happens to be a member of the house education committee said he filed his Parent Trigger Bill.

He did this despite the fact that the state of Tennessee already has a trigger law.

"But, it only says that it takes 60 percent of the parents of teachers in order to force a change, of the model in that school," said DeBerry.

The current law also requires approval by the local school board.

"What this does is say rather than 60 percent, 51 percent, if one percent more than half of the parents or half of the teachers of a school want that school to be changed to a different model, said DeBerry.

The school in question would have to rank academically among the lowest 20 percent of public schools in the state.

DeBerry hopes, if nothing else, his bill starts a conversations about making it easier for what he calls the true owners of the school and to force reform.

"And this gives the parents and teachers, it gives them the ability to say, 'we are not going to settle for the status qou, stop patronizing us! We want change and we want it now.' This is saying, we own the schools and we want better," he said.

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