Many students who would qualify for private school vouchers would still have nowhere to go, according to a top education researcher at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Associate professor Claire Smrekar finds few private schools are interested in accepting vouchers and those who would don’t have that much room.
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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will give the final State of the State Address of his first term tonight. Little is known about what he will say. But there are some guesses about what he won’t.
Parents wearing yellow scarves filled an auditorium near the Tennessee capitol Tuesday to advocate for school vouchers. Many traveled from Memphis to ask for help paying private school tuition.
Tennessee lawmakers bit off more than they could chew this session when it comes to classroom reform.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says the push for a private school voucher plan should be discontinued for the year, now that most committees have closed up shop.
Governor Bill Haslam has sacrificed his own bid to start a school voucher program in Tennessee. He had been threatening to pull his proposal if anyone tried to tinker with it.
The fate of school vouchers in Tennessee may be decided this week. Governor Bill Haslam has threatened to kill his own proposal if legislators try to change it.
Governor Bill Haslam has some competition on his limited school voucher program. The chair of the Senate Education Committee has introduced a much broader proposal to shift money from public schools to pay private school tuition.
The Tennessee Democratic Party is crying foul as advocacy groups begin running TV spots promoting school vouchers. The ad target certain lawmakers without mentioning specific legislation.
State lawmakers raised several reservations but ultimately passed Governor Bill Haslam’s school voucher program in its first test.
Governor Bill Haslam vaguely referenced school vouchers in his State of the State speech last month, and now his limited proposal is up for debate in the legislature. Committees begin their work on the bill this week.
A proposed voucher program would be restricted to students poor enough to get free or reduced lunch and attending a school in the bottom five percent in the state. School voucher legislation from the Haslam Administration has been filed for consideration by the General Assembly.
Governor Bill Haslam devoted roughly a third of this year’s State of the State to education, and he wasn’t just talking about children. But the speech did not flesh out any details of how a school voucher program would work in Tennessee.
A schoolyard fight over vouchers is taking shape in the state legislature. A Republican proposal would give low-income students more than $5,000 to use toward private school tuition. The House Education Committee started work on the bill Tuesday.
A bill that would have required Nashville and three other cites to offer school vouchers to poor children was sidelined Wednesday in the Tennessee House.
Low-income students in the four largest counties of the state could use a voucher to go to a different school – even a private or a religious school, under a bill passed Thursday in the Tennessee Senate.