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education savings accounts
Updated April 25, 2019
Days after historic House vote, education voucher plan clears Tennessee Senate
The Senate’s 20-13 vote on Thursday delivered Gov. Bill Lee a significant victory.
not so fast
April 24, 2019
Historic voucher vote in Tennessee House could be open to legal challenge, says legislative leader
Rep. Mike Stewart says the legitimacy of the 50-48 vote is in question due to the parliamentary actions of Speaker Glen Casada.
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.
April 22, 2019
With education vouchers teetering in Tennessee, latest proposal targets Memphis and Nashville
A Senate amendment seeks to garner more legislative votes by limiting Gov. Bill Lee's education savings account plan to the state's two largest cities.
April 16, 2019
Tennessee governor huddles with school leaders in cities affected by his voucher proposal
In a closed-door meeting at the Capitol, Gov. Bill Lee hears from leaders in the five cities that would be affected by his voucher proposal.
April 15, 2019
Tennessee governor’s voucher proposal is ‘step backwards,’ says civil rights, education coalition
A statewide coalition of more than 50 civil rights and education advocacy groups come out against Gov. Bill Lee’s signature education proposal.
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.
Updated April 10, 2019
Tennessee’s voucher proposal excludes undocumented students, making it vulnerable to legal challenge
Gov. Bill Lee and the GOP-controlled legislature stick with language that would require checking families’ immigration status to receive education savings accounts.
Updated April 10, 2019
Tennessee voucher program would double in size, but still bar undocumented students in latest proposal
Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account proposal is slated to debut in Tennessee’s Senate with some significant changes from the House version.
April 5, 2019
Is Tennessee governor’s voucher plan in trouble? Senate leader says it needs work.
Sen. Dolores Gresham is working on another version of the bill that has early momentum in the House but raises significant concerns for her chamber.
April 3, 2019
Lawmakers lower income limit for Tennessee vouchers eligibility
The bill now limits eligible households to those with an annual income that isn’t more than double the threshold for free lunch under federal guidelines.
April 2, 2019
Black Memphis voucher advocates notably absent on Gov. Bill Lee’s school choice proposal
Last week, when the bill came before and subsequently cleared a key House committee, no black leaders from Memphis spoke in favor of the measure.
April 2, 2019
Here’s who Betsy DeVos and Gov. Bill Lee heard from in their closed-door meeting in Tennessee
The 30 or so people at the table were unlikely to challenge the points of view of their powerful hosts.
Updated April 1, 2019
Betsy DeVos joins Tennessee governor in full-court press for expanded school choice
While U.S. education chief Betsy DeVos isn't convincing members of Congress to expand education choices for families, she found a more receptive audience in Tennessee.
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.
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