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Tennessee General Assembly
Updated April 4, 2019
Bill to arm Tennessee teachers advances over objections of law enforcement, educators
A proposal that would let teachers carry concealed guns in Tennessee schools advances in the legislature.
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.
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.
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 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 11, 2019
Here’s what Chalkbeat readers are asking about Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s voucher proposal
Do you have questions on Gov. Bill Lee's education savings account proposal? So do these Tennesseeans.
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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