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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.
January 23, 2017
Gearing up for Tennessee’s voucher fight? Here are eight stories to read.
This will mark Tennessee’s seventh year of legislative debate over vouchers.
January 9, 2017
Here are four education issues to watch as Tennessee’s legislature kicks off
Tennessee lawmakers expect to revisit two perennial questions about school spending and vouchers during the 110th General Assembly, which starts this week.
November 29, 2016
Trump wants states to push vouchers. Tennessee shows why that might be hard, even in red states.
The perennial battle over vouchers in Tennessee shows the choices made by lawmakers when public support isn't there.
September 8, 2016
States often get sued over school funding. Here’s what makes Tennessee stand out.
When it comes to providing adequate funding to educate students based on today’s standards, Tennessee isn’t coming close, say national experts.
March 10, 2016
Tennessee’s state-run school turnaround district poised to escape lawmakers’ intervention — again
Only two of seven bills related to the state-run Achievement School District appear to still be in play in this year's legislative session. Both are watered down.
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