Parents in an affluent section of Nashville are exploring the possibility of using the state’s “parent trigger” law to leave the school district and form their own charter. The councilwoman for the area is leading discussions.
This appears to signal the next phase of the charter movement. For years, as the charter movement grew, advocates utilized rhetoric about “saving” poor black and Hispanic children from their “failing” schools.
In this Nashville area, the children are not poor, not black and Hispanic, and their schools are high-performing.
The rhetoric now switches to “choice” and consumer values as desirable goals. The result, as this new phase unfolds, will be the dissolution of public education and of any sense of community responsibility that reaches beyond “people like us.”
This neighborhood, if it secedes, will have a publicly-funded private school. Don’t expect opposition from the Governor or the state commissioner, whose hearts belong to the private sector.