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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.
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
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 13, 2017
The voucher bill tailor-made for Memphis? Many Memphians are offended by it.
The strongest voices against Tennessee’s leading school voucher proposal are coming from the very community it’s supposed to help.
March 10, 2017
Denver Public Schools heralds high participation, match rates in choice process for 2017-18
Data from this year's school choice in Denver Public Schools showed the participation rates and match rates to students top choice were about the same as last year.
March 9, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about Tennessee’s latest voucher proposal
Here are answers to questions from some of our readers about a new proposal to pilot tuition vouchers in Memphis.
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.
March 7, 2017
Tennessee’s voucher proposals target schools already struggling with low enrollment
Public schools in Memphis stand to experience most of the fallout if state lawmakers decide to approve voucher legislation this year.
March 2, 2017
Are charter schools overrated? Four debaters squared off to answer that question
The latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate tackled the issue of charter schools.
February 28, 2017
Echoing Bush and Obama, Trump calls education ‘the civil rights issue of our time’ — and asks for a school choice bill
The line inserted a bit of boilerplate — and bipartisan — education reform-speak into his first address to a joint session of Congress.
TN in DC
February 2, 2017
Tennessee school board leaders met this week with Sen. Lamar Alexander. Here’s what they talked about.
Three issues shaping Tennessee public education get the ear of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander as representatives of the state's school boards association travel to D.C.
January 23, 2017
Gearing up for Tennessee’s voucher fight? Here are eight stories to read.
This will mark Tennessee’s seventh year of legislative debate over vouchers.
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