Education reforms that are being discussed by the Republican-controlled Tennessee General Assembly do not appear to conform to the GOP’s pledge to reduce state government and return more power to local governments, according to members of the Dickson County School Board. At last week’s meeting, board member Steve Haley said many of the reform proposals will take decisions about teachers, salaries and other issues away from local school boards and give that power to the Tennessee Department of Education. Chairman Tim Potter said that doesn’t match up with campaign pledges that led to the Republicans gaining control of the legislature and governor’s office. “Which ironically is a very anti-conservative idea. Because I thought it was all about returning power to local governments instead of taking power away from local governments. It’s just not ideologically consistent,” Potter said. Potter said he questioned state Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson about the philosophical difference after the Republican has been very vocal in calling for education reforms in his first term. “And his response to me, and I kid you not, it’s probably recorded, is ‘I never said I was ideologically consistent.’” Potter said current proposals regarding charter schools and vouchers would be taking control of state money away from local education associations while reforms to performance standards could even reduce the school board’s role in hiring teachers.