The fate of school vouchers in Tennessee was thrown into doubt Tuesday as the governor’s proposal was effectively withdrawn from consideration in the state House. The sponsoring lawmaker says it’s just a scheduling issue.
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The state senator shepherding Governor Bill Haslam’s school voucher bill through the legislature says it doesn’t go nearly far enough. He says he will offer an amendment making many more students eligible to have their private school tuition paid with public money.
Education researchers are scrambling to get a sense of just who would be eligible for the governor’s proposal on school vouchers. A Vanderbilt expert says most of the impact would be felt in Memphis.
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.