School Vouchers in Tennessee: Closer to Becoming an Inadequate Reality


On April 23, 2019, the Tennessee house voted to approve school vouchers (aka “education savings accounts”). The same day, the state senate finance committee had already passed a version of the voucher bill, with the senate finance committee’s version being restricted to Nashville and Shelby County Schools. The full senate has yet to vote on the measure, then, if the senate bill passes, both house and senate need to hash out a final bill.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, who really wants to bring school vouchers to Tennessee, chose to amend his proposed budget to include $916,000 worth of vote-changing enticements to freshman congress members, as the April 23, 2019, Tennesseean reports:

A USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee review of Lee’s latest budget proposal shows several lawmakers who were once against or on the fence about the governor’s controversial education savings account legislation received funding for their requests.

The lawmakers identified in the review include…

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