Indeed, there isn’t a clear partisan breakdown around the country, even as teachers’ associations are generally a reliable Democratic constituency.
In Georgia, Lindsey is a Republican, but he has said in multiple public presentations that he’s worked with teachers, local school boards and superintendents to fashion an acceptable policy. The latest version of his bill gives school boards the final say over any changes, and he has said consistently that he has no plans to amend the bill to allow appeals to state officials.
The parent-trigger law that Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal signed in Louisiana last year got overwhelmingly bipartisan support. Last year in Florida, a version fell shy of passage by a single vote, even in a legislature dominated by Republicans. In Tennessee, Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis is the sponsoring this year’s parent-trigger bill, and in Missouri this year, a Republican is carrying the idea in the House, while a Democrat is carrying it in the Senate.
Associated Press writers Christina Hoag in California, Lucas Johnson in Tennessee, Will Weissert in Texas and Chris Blank in Missouri contributed to this report.