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April 27, 2017
Matt Damon’s latest role: The voice of an education documentary featuring Tennessee testing
Called “Backpack Full of Cash,” the 90-minute film features a Nashville elementary school and school board member Amy Frogge.
April 26, 2017
Plan for school vouchers in Tennessee on hold again, despite national momentum
Rep. Harry Brooks, the bill's House sponsor, pushed his proposal for a five-year Memphis pilot program until 2018, an anticlimactic ending after months of debate.
Doing the math
April 25, 2017
As lawmakers scrutinize the price tag of school vouchers in Memphis, here’s a cost breakdown
The estimated price tag for Shelby County Schools is about $18 million a year, but the true cost could be far more — or less.
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 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.
devos on denver
Updated March 29, 2017
Weeks after DeVos praises school choice efforts in Denver, she slams the city as offering ‘accessibility without choices’
“The benefits of making choices accessible are canceled out when you don’t have a full menu of options,” DeVos said, pointing to New Orleans as a better example.
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.
Riding the Success Express
March 21, 2017
How limited transportation undermines school choice — even in Denver, where an innovative shuttle system has drawn Betsy DeVos’s praise
Six years after Denver Public Schools created an innovative bus shuttle system to help get students to school, the effort has expanded and evolved but…
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.
By the numbers
March 16, 2017
$1.4 billion for school choice, AmeriCorps cuts, and other details from Trump’s first budget proposal
Trump wants to kickstart his plan to boost school choice with $1.4 billion for charter schools, private schools, and funds designed to follow students.
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.
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