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Parents Meet With School Leaders Over Academic Programs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Some West Nashville parents said they're considering a parental takeover of schools that are underperforming.

Parents met with leaders from Metro Schools on Monday night to discuss advanced academic programs currently offered.

Some parents and teachers are exploring using what's called a "trigger law" that would give them more power over their schools.

The law gives parents the option to control the school by shutting the school down, scattering its student with vouchers for private schools or converting it into a charter school.

Hillwood Parent Julie Lamb said more parents need to get involved before making a decision.

"What Metro has and how do I get them to come see what's here before they take a drastic measure and say ‘oh we want to change it,' when so many, when just since my daughter graduated in ‘09 to now have happened," said Lamb.

Councilmember Emily Evans said she's organizing the meetings because she wants parents to hear and see all of their options.

"If they find that this is satisfactory, then great. I'm happy if they're happy. If they find it's not satisfactory then we go on to the next question, which is how do we improve things? How do we change it?" said Evans.

Parents can attend the Metro Council's Education Committee meeting on October 15 to discuss using the "trigger law".

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