Failed Tennessee Education Bills on Radar for Next Session
After several years of advancing major education initiatives, Tennessee lawmakers this year failed to pass the biggest school bills before them.
The 108th Tennessee General Assembly, which adjourned Friday, debated a proposal to create a school voucher program and a so-called parent trigger measure that would allow parents to decide the fate of a struggling school. Both appeared to have momentum but failed by the end of the session.
Nevertheless, lawmakers say they're not giving up on the proposals. Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis says he will revive the parent trigger bill next session and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says Republican Gov. Bill Haslam may do the same with his voucher proposal.