(The Tennessean) Dissatisfied parents and elected officials from West Nashville are exploring a never-before-utilized state law that would allow a public school to be converted into a parent-controlled charter school.
Under the so-called trigger law, if 60 percent of the parents or teachers at a public school sign a petition, the school board then votes on whether to approve converting the school into a charter. In Tennessee, a charter school is financed with tax dollars but privately operated by a nonprofit group.
Two meetings have been scheduled to study the law and the requirements for garnering the petitions and beginning the conversion.
On Oct. 1, a community meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillwood Library to discuss the advanced academic options available to Nashville students. And a Metro Nashville Public Schools official and a lawyer with the state Department of Education have been asked to appear at a Metro Council Education Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 to explain the law and answer questions, according to Metro Councilwoman Emily Evans, who helped organize both meetings.
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