A bill meant to provide low-income students with a voucher program is off notice in the House.
Andrea Evans is a parent of three children in Nashville and an active member of the PTA at Napier Enhanced Option Elementary School, a public school that’s been placed on the state’s priority list twice because of low test scores.
A plan to start a school voucher program in Tennessee has been kicking around in the legislature for several years. And this may be the session it finally passes, even though Governor Bill Haslam abandoned his own proposal from years past.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will try to meet with the state’s four largest school districts as early as next week to discuss education funding.
Metro Schools isn’t joining the other three large-sized Tennessee districts to gather information that could lead to litigation against the state for adequate education funding — yet.
Metro Nashville Public Schools should not sue the state over education funding, Director of Schools Jesse Register said in an email Monday to the school board, Metro Council and Gov. Bill Haslam.
Nashville’s charter school boom has fueled two competing armies of parents, split the Metro school board and dominated debate over public education.
Anti-voucher groups are digging in for a fight as the second of two almost identical voucher bills easily passed the House Education and Planning Subcommittee by a 7-1 vote. State Rep. Kevin Dunlap, D-Rock Hill, was the lone dissenter.
School districts across Tennessee likely will have more charter school applications to consider this year – mostly from existing operators that want to expand.