Lawmakers in 21 states this year have proposed or sought to expand a "parent-trigger" law that allows parents to force changes -- such as removing principals -- at a school, with just one state succeeding at passing some form of the legislation. Such laws are on the books in just seven states, and critics -- including administrators and teachers' unions -- are concerned about corporate funding and the potential loss of teacher autonomy. However, supporters aligned with the broader education-reform movement say they plan to continue to pursue such legislation.

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