Tennessee was one of the first two states to win a Race to the Top grant, so of course the governor and legislature are busy thinking of how to privatize their public schools. They heard glowing (if erroneous) reports about the parent trigger in California, so they want one too. They are thinking of vouchers and charters. The only awkward thing is the abject failure of the Tennessee Virtual Academy, a K12 school that is in the bottom 11% of he state’s schools.

Reading about their deliberations reminds me of one of Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander’s slogans from many years ago. He used to say of Congress: “Cut their pay and send them home.”