Post Tagged with: "school vouchers"

Dr. Claire Smrekar has a particular research focus on school choices, such as charter schools. Credit: Steve Green / Vanderbilt

Even If Vouchers Pass, Vanderbilt Expert Finds Few Available Seats At Private Schools

by / on April 7, 2014

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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In 2013, Governor Bill Haslam dedicated a third of his speech to education, outlining a campaign to get 55 percent of Tennesseans with at least a two-year degree. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

What You Won’t Hear In Tonight’s State Of The State Address

by / on February 3, 2014

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.

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At an event organized by the libertarian Beacon Center of Tennessee, attendees had yellow scarves waiting for them in their seats. While the event was meant to mark national "school choice week," vouchers were the topic of the day. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Memphis Parents Travel To Capitol By The Busload For School Voucher Rally

by / on January 28, 2014

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.

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A Visit to Tennessee’s Education Bill Graveyard

A Visit to Tennessee’s Education Bill Graveyard

by / on April 8, 2013

Tennessee lawmakers bit off more than they could chew this session when it comes to classroom reform.

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Ramsey Says School Vouchers Won’t Happen this Year

Ramsey Says School Vouchers Won’t Happen this Year

by / on April 4, 2013

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.

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Voucher Plan Spiked

Voucher Plan Spiked

by / on April 3, 2013

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.

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Bill’s Bill or No Bill on School Vouchers

Bill’s Bill or No Bill on School Vouchers

by / on April 1, 2013

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.

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Expanded Voucher Bill Raises Income Caps, Removes Tuition Limits

Expanded Voucher Bill Raises Income Caps, Removes Tuition Limits

by / on March 13, 2013

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.

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Democrats Decry School Voucher Ad Buy

Democrats Decry School Voucher Ad Buy

by / on March 4, 2013

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.

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Governor’s Voucher Program Moves Ahead with Bipartisan Support

Governor’s Voucher Program Moves Ahead with Bipartisan Support

by / on February 26, 2013

State lawmakers raised several reservations but ultimately passed Governor Bill Haslam’s school voucher program in its first test.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Voucher Time

Capitol Hill Conversation – Voucher Time

by / on February 25, 2013

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.

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Voucher Legislation Includes Caps, Private School Restrictions

Voucher Legislation Includes Caps, Private School Restrictions

by / on January 29, 2013

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.

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State of the State: Education

State of the State: Education

by / on January 28, 2013

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.

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Voucher Bill Characterized as Private School “Bailout”

by / on November 1, 2011

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.

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Big City School Voucher Proposal Sidelined for the Year

by / on April 27, 2011

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.

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Tennessee Senate Approves School Voucher Bill

by / on April 21, 2011

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.

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