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Parent Trigger Legislation Fails This Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill seeking to make it easier for parents to convert struggling public schools into charter schools has failed in a House subcommittee.

The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. John DeBerry of Memphis died when it failed to receive a motion in the House Finance Subcommittee Tuesday.

The so-called parent trigger legislation advanced out of the House Education Committee earlier this month on a 9-4 vote, and the companion bill had been awaiting a vote in the full Senate.

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 could select from several "turnaround models," including a conversion to a charter school or changing the administrators.

This is the second year the measure failed to pass.