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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.
April 14, 2017
It’s past the halfway point at the Tennessee legislature. Here are proposals that still could change the state’s schools.
Less than half of the more than 150 separate proposals originally filed with the Tennessee General Assembly are still standing, on issues ranging from school discipline to turnaround.
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.
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 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.
March 8, 2017
Tuition voucher bill targeting Memphis breezes through key Senate committee
With seven of nine Senate committee members co-sponsoring the bill, the issue was all but decided before discussion even began.
Numbers are in
March 6, 2017
Three months into Tennessee’s first voucher foray, 35 students are enrolled
About 20,000 students were eligible for the program, which gives students with certain disabilities public money for private services.
February 28, 2017
Voucher-like proposal could take $71 million of public school funding from all Tennessee districts
The Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Act would allow public school dollars to go toward private education services.
November 30, 2016
These private schools will be Tennessee’s first to accept special education vouchers
Launching in 2017, the state's new voucher program allows parents to receive public money for private special education services.
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August 1, 2016
Now accepting applications: Tennessee’s first-ever school voucher program, for students with disabilities
Up to 20,000 Tennessee families can now request funds from the state’s first education voucher program.
January 28, 2016
Want to keep school vouchers out of Tennessee? You’re too late
While the legislature is engulfed in debate over whether to create a school voucher system, the state already has a voucher law being implemented for disabled students.
June 25, 2015
IPS teachers protest $125K salary for new 'talent officer'
Changes are designed to help the district recruit and retain teachers.
May 28, 2015
Ferebee: IPS teachers can expect a raise next year
Whether it could be part of a bigger overhaul of pay scales and benefits that could offer teachers more pay for different job duties wasn't shared.
August 22, 2014
Deadline passes: 10 candidates seek 3 IPS school board seats
Ten candidates, many who are friendly to school-reform ideas like charter schools, test-based accountability and private school vouchers once uniformly rejected by district leadership, have filed to run for three seats on the school board.
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