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June 12, 2019
I’m a public school teacher in Memphis. Here’s why the state’s new voucher-like program worries me.
Will anyone notice if my students, who are mostly low-income, African-American and Latino, aren't getting their needs met?
June 10, 2019
Tennessee’s sweeping literacy initiative in jeopardy as funding dries up
Tennessee’s statewide network of literacy coaches is being dismantled this month and its popular summer reading program is in jeopardy.
Updated May 24, 2019
Tennessee governor signs controversial education voucher bill into law
Gov. Bill Lee quietly signed his education savings account plan into law on Friday despite calls from Democrats to hold off.
May 23, 2019
Denver to offer teens a free transit pass on their smartphones
To help boost the mobility of young people, Denver will offer 12- to 18-year-olds free transit passes usable with their smartphones this summer.
Updated May 22, 2019
Tennessee texting scandal broke too late to derail education voucher legislation
The scandal involving House Speaker Glen Casada emerged after the Republican leader already had helped to pass the controversial voucher bill.
May 15, 2019
D.C. voucher students don’t see test score gains, but are less likely to be frequently absent, latest research shows
The results are a mixed bag, but offer good news compared to earlier studies of D.C.’s program.
May 10, 2019
Not-yet-signed Tennessee voucher bill faces new scrutiny amid report of FBI probe
Education voucher legislation on the verge of becoming law is facing renewed opposition amid reports of an FBI investigation.
The Fine Print
May 8, 2019
Five important things to know about Tennessee’s final voucher legislation
The final legislation will create a major new education program that will mean big changes for students, parents, and public and private schools.
Charters & Choice
May 6, 2019
Betsy DeVos: Michigan doesn’t have enough school choice
A powerful advocate of school choice in Michigan says it hasn't gone far enough.
May 6, 2019
Betsy DeVos’s explanation for negative voucher results: Program was ‘not very well conceived’
Her response is surprising — and doesn't explain why programs in other states and Washington, D.C. appear to be hurting scores, too.
May 3, 2019
Three things Betsy DeVos said in Chicago — and one big topic she didn’t address
Betsy DeVos talked about two kinds of vouchers and pushed for vocational education, but skirted mentioning Illinois' pushback against tax credits for school choice.
Updated May 1, 2019
Tennessee legislature approves compromise voucher proposal aimed at Memphis, Nashville
Gov. Bill Lee plans to sign compromise legislation affecting students and districts in Tennessee’s two largest cities.
May 1, 2019
Lawmakers negotiating Tennessee vouchers include strong ties to private, home school
Here are the education backgrounds of conference committee members seeking to reconcile two voucher bills.
April 30, 2019
With no consensus on Tennessee vouchers, here are the issues for legislative negotiators
A conference committee will sort through big disagreements between House and Senate bills to start an education savings account program.
Updated April 29, 2019
Tennessee’s two largest school districts slam governor’s voucher proposal as unconstitutional
School districts in Memphis and Nashville likely will sue the state if voucher legislation championed by Gov. Bill Lee becomes law, say their two top leaders.
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