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May 2, 2019
Tennessee charter leaders say special education funding could get shortchanged in governor’s new budget
Every charter leader in the Achievement School District signed a letter requesting that Gov. Bill Lee reconsider cuts to the allocation for priority school state grants for next year.
March 29, 2019
Tennessee voucher opponents forced to shift strategy as bill barrels through legislature
In the past, critics of vouchers have had more time to mount spirited public opposition. But this year's bill didn't come until two months into the legislative session.
March 28, 2019
One day after voting against Tennessee voucher bill, embattled legislator ousted as ed chairman
Rep. David Byrd, accused of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, was forced to step down from his leadership position in Tennessee's legislature.
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.
March 21, 2019
How Tennessee’s latest voucher proposal differs from previous attempts
One big difference is how much of private school tuition would be covered.
Updated March 20, 2019
Tennessee charter school bill advances in two key legislative committees
A proposal to create a new Tennessee charter school commission squeaks out of the House Education Committee.
March 19, 2019
Charter school bill won’t bypass local school boards after all, says legislative leader
Gov. Bill Lee’s administration is backing off of its proposal to bypass local school boards with a new state charter authorizing commission.
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 15, 2019
Tennesseans consider Gov. Lee’s vouchers proposal — and wonder who will benefit most
The plan would make families of four earning up to about $92,000 — more than double Memphis’ median income — eligible for $7,300 in taxpayer money.
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.
March 12, 2019
Teachers are ‘ready to fight,’ says new Tennessee coalition inspired by strikes in other states
A new coalition seeks grassroot support to gauge whether Tennessee teachers are ready for collective action.
March 6, 2019
Education voucher plan by Tennessee’s governor generates more questions than answers
Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to bring education vouchers to Tennessee is an ambitious plan — but short on details thus far.
state of the state
Updated March 4, 2019
Tennessee’s new governor unveils a ‘choice-friendly’ proposed budget including vouchers, charter school support
Gov. Bill Lee outlines his priorities and policies as he unveils his first proposed budget and delivers his first State of the State address.
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