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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.
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 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.
March 29, 2019
Voucher bill has momentum in Tennessee, but faces many more votes to become law
Gov. Bill Lee’s education voucher proposal has momentum after clearing two legislative committees, but still faces numerous votes to become law.
Updated March 27, 2019
Controversial education voucher proposal clears second hurdle in Tennessee legislature
Gov. Bill Lee notched a significant win Wednesday as a key legislative committee advanced his controversial education voucher proposal.
March 22, 2019
Tennessee’s governor says he wants to help low-income students in failing schools. But his voucher and charter plans cast a much wider net.
Critics say his signature proposals could end up benefiting middle-class families and changing the landscape of school systems that are doing just fine.
Updated March 19, 2019
Voucher bill clears first hurdle in Tennessee’s legislature
Legislation that would create a new type of voucher program advances out of a House education subcommittee.
Seizing a moment
March 18, 2019
Here’s why voucher advocates are excited about Tennessee this year
School voucher supporters who have had their hopes dashed for years in Tennessee’s General Assembly are more hopeful than ever.
March 14, 2019
Tennessee governor reveals details about his ‘parent choice’ proposal, which could take money from public schools
Gov. Bill Lee reveals long-awaited details about his plan to give Tennessee parents more education choices for their children, beginning in the fall of 2021.
January 25, 2019
Pre-K money could be diverted to other needs under Tennessee lawmaker’s bill
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville wants local flexibility to shift pre-K dollars to other early childhood education needs.
January 11, 2019
After years of school voucher rejections, backers consider another approach in Tennessee
"School choice" advocates view education savings accounts as an attractive alternative for Tennessee.
December 18, 2017
School vouchers hit snag in Tennessee as sponsor announces he won’t advance bill
Sen. Brian Kelsey says he won’t ask a Senate committee to take up his bill when the legislature reconvenes next month.
Reading writing recess
March 20, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers revise school recess law to strike the right balance on playtime
The state Senate votes to approve the measure, which rolls back stringent playtime requirements that went into effect this school year.
March 9, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about Tennessee’s latest voucher proposal
Here are answers to questions from some of our readers about a new proposal to pilot tuition vouchers in Memphis.
And so it begins
March 7, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers take first step toward school vouchers
Tennessee lawmakers easily advance a proposal that would start a five-year pilot program in Memphis.
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