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April 12, 2017
House panel advances Memphis school voucher bill with no recommendation
After a three-week stall, a proposal to create a school voucher program in Memphis is on the move again.
April 10, 2017
As school voucher vote approaches in Nashville, most Memphis advocacy groups don’t want program piloted in their city
Here's where grassroots organizations in Memphis stand on a voucher bill that would impact their community.
April 5, 2017
Tennessee voucher bill stalls as lawmakers strip TNReady testing requirement
After sailing through several legislative panels, a school voucher bill stalls in a House committee for a second straight week.
April 4, 2017
Amended bill could add 13,000 students to Tennessee’s first foray into vouchers
A bill that originally had nothing to do with school vouchers now could reallocate tens of thousands of public dollars to private services for special-needs students.
March 30, 2017
For the first time, Tennessee school voucher advocates are pushing for TNReady in private schools. Here’s why.
If Tennessee private schools want to take advantage of public money that could soon be flowing their way, they might have to become…
March 29, 2017
Some Catholic schools may shun Memphis voucher program over TNReady
A lobbyist for the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission testifies in front of a House committee considering school vouchers.
March 28, 2017
Memphis lawmaker, voucher advocate says ‘unraised’ students hold back public schools, teachers
Rep. John DeBerry’s comments offer new insight into his motivation for wanting families to be able to use public funding to pay private school tuition.
March 23, 2017
Why this Memphis Republican supports school vouchers — but is concerned about accountability
Rep. Mark White talks about the legislature’s last remaining voucher bill, as well as a proposal to give in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.
And then there was one
March 22, 2017
This year’s list of school voucher bills just got shorter in Tennessee
Tennessee lawmakers advocating for school vouchers are now rallying behind a single bill, a Memphis pilot program.
March 21, 2017
Memphis voucher pilot plan clears first full House committee
After a fierce, two-hour debate largely between Memphis-area lawmakers, the bill passes 8-5 in a House education committee.
March 20, 2017
Tennessee’s leading voucher bill is aimed at Memphis, where most elected officials are on the record against it
The proposal has momentum despite opposition from Shelby County's Board of Commissioners, most of its legislative delegation, and numerous school boards.
March 15, 2017
Trump mum about his school choice plan as he prepares to release his budget
While some reports said the president would highlight school choice at a Nashville rally, he gave only brief billing to the topic at the conclusion of his speech.
March 15, 2017
Before Trump speaks in Nashville, here are five things to know about school choice in Tennessee
Tennessee is a battleground state in the debate over school tuition vouchers, and has seen steady growth in its charter school sector since 2003.
March 14, 2017
Debate over Sunday sports bumps vote on Memphis school tuition vouchers
About 40 Memphians made the seven-hour round trip drive to Nashville, only to have the voucher bill that rallied them delayed.
March 14, 2017
Lawmakers puzzle over how to expand vouchers for students with disabilities without hurting local schools
When it comes to students who have never attended public schools, even lawmakers who support vouchers are reticent to give them state funding for private services.
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