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education savings accounts
October 31, 2019
Questions nag Tennessee governor about the legitimacy of controversial voucher law
House Democrats want two members of Gov. Bill Lee’s cabinet to answer questions about a mysterious $4 million state fund.
October 16, 2019
Pro-voucher groups want clarity on private school background checks for new Tennessee program
Three pro-voucher groups express concern about a proposed rule regarding background checks for employees at private schools accepting taxpayer money.
Rules & Regs
Updated September 19, 2019
Tennessee fast-tracks voucher rules, but concerns resurface about testing accountability
The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval to a gamut of regulations governing the controversial program.
July 11, 2019
Tennessee governor promises ‘funding will be there’ for early voucher start
The legislature approved $770,000 for startup expenses this year while setting a two-year deadline to enroll students in the program.
July 11, 2019
Schwinn taps deputy with voucher experience to build Tennessee’s program
Amity Schuyler, who became deputy commissioner of Tennessee’s education department in May, is named project manager.
July 10, 2019
Tennessee’s governor wants education voucher program to launch a year ahead of deadline
The controversial new program could begin in the fall of 2020 instead of 2021.
June 12, 2019
I’m a public school teacher in Memphis. Here’s why the state’s new voucher-like program worries me.
Will anyone notice if my students, who are mostly low-income, African-American and Latino, aren't getting their needs met?
Updated May 24, 2019
Tennessee governor signs controversial education voucher bill into law
Gov. Bill Lee quietly signed his education savings account plan into law on Friday despite calls from Democrats to hold off.
Updated May 22, 2019
Tennessee texting scandal broke too late to derail education voucher legislation
The scandal involving House Speaker Glen Casada emerged after the Republican leader already had helped to pass the controversial voucher bill.
May 10, 2019
Not-yet-signed Tennessee voucher bill faces new scrutiny amid report of FBI probe
Education voucher legislation on the verge of becoming law is facing renewed opposition amid reports of an FBI investigation.
The Fine Print
May 8, 2019
Five important things to know about Tennessee’s final voucher legislation
The final legislation will create a major new education program that will mean big changes for students, parents, and public and private schools.
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.
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