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May 7, 2019
Hear that sigh of relief? Online testing just finished in Tennessee – and it worked this time
For the first time in four years, computer-based testing goes smoothly in Tennessee.
May 6, 2019
Betsy DeVos praises Tennessee’s voucher program, but won’t say whether undocumented immigrants should be excluded
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said she was “thrilled” Tennessee has passed a voucher program, and that it was up to the state to work out if immigrant and undocumented students qualify for it.
Updated May 1, 2019
Tennessee legislature approves compromise voucher proposal aimed at Memphis, Nashville
Gov. Bill Lee plans to sign compromise legislation affecting students and districts in Tennessee’s two largest cities.
May 1, 2019
Lawmakers negotiating Tennessee vouchers include strong ties to private, home school
Here are the education backgrounds of conference committee members seeking to reconcile two voucher bills.
April 30, 2019
With no consensus on Tennessee vouchers, here are the issues for legislative negotiators
A conference committee will sort through big disagreements between House and Senate bills to start an education savings account program.
Updated April 29, 2019
Tennessee’s two largest school districts slam governor’s voucher proposal as unconstitutional
School districts in Memphis and Nashville likely will sue the state if voucher legislation championed by Gov. Bill Lee becomes law, say their two top leaders.
Updated April 25, 2019
Days after historic House vote, education voucher plan clears Tennessee Senate
The Senate’s 20-13 vote on Thursday delivered Gov. Bill Lee a significant victory.
not so fast
April 24, 2019
Historic voucher vote in Tennessee House could be open to legal challenge, says legislative leader
Rep. Mike Stewart says the legitimacy of the 50-48 vote is in question due to the parliamentary actions of Speaker Glen Casada.
Updated April 23, 2019
Tennessee House passes education voucher bill for the first time, Senate vote to come
Tennessee House Representatives voted 50-48 on Tuesday for Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account proposal.
April 22, 2019
With education vouchers teetering in Tennessee, latest proposal targets Memphis and Nashville
A Senate amendment seeks to garner more legislative votes by limiting Gov. Bill Lee's education savings account plan to the state's two largest cities.
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April 18, 2019
Inner circle: Here’s who education chief Penny Schwinn will lean on in Tennessee
Less than three months into the job, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has filled six of her nine cabinet positions with a mix…
Updated April 18, 2019
Tennessee legislature approves governor’s call for a statewide charter school commission
Representatives vote 61-37 for Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to shift oversight of the state’s growing charter sector to a new nine-member body.
April 16, 2019
Tennessee governor huddles with school leaders in cities affected by his voucher proposal
In a closed-door meeting at the Capitol, Gov. Bill Lee hears from leaders in the five cities that would be affected by his voucher proposal.
April 15, 2019
Tennessee governor’s voucher proposal is ‘step backwards,’ says civil rights, education coalition
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups come out against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal.
April 12, 2019
After a decade of prioritizing testing accountability, Tennessee appears ready to ease up with vouchers
Under Gov. Bill Lee's proposal, students receiving education savings accounts would take half as many assessments as those in public schools.
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