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May 14, 2019
New Memphis program encourages more students to pursue careers in construction
The after-school program is Gov. Bill Lee’s latest push to train more high school students to enter careers straight out of high school.
that was fast
May 14, 2019
Tennessee’s new governor named charter school champion by national group
Gov. Bill Lee was the only Tennessean and sole governor singled out by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
May 10, 2019
Not-yet-signed Tennessee voucher bill faces new scrutiny amid report of FBI probe
Education voucher legislation on the verge of becoming law is facing renewed opposition amid reports of an FBI investigation.
The Fine Print
May 8, 2019
Five important things to know about Tennessee’s final voucher legislation
The final legislation will create a major new education program that will mean big changes for students, parents, and public and private schools.
May 7, 2019
Hear that sigh of relief? Online testing just finished in Tennessee – and it worked this time
For the first time in four years, computer-based testing goes smoothly in Tennessee.
May 6, 2019
Betsy DeVos praises Tennessee’s voucher program, but won’t say whether undocumented immigrants should be excluded
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said she was “thrilled” Tennessee has passed a voucher program, and that it was up to the state to work out if immigrant and undocumented students qualify for it.
Updated May 1, 2019
Tennessee legislature approves compromise voucher proposal aimed at Memphis, Nashville
Gov. Bill Lee plans to sign compromise legislation affecting students and districts in Tennessee’s two largest cities.
May 1, 2019
Lawmakers negotiating Tennessee vouchers include strong ties to private, home school
Here are the education backgrounds of conference committee members seeking to reconcile two voucher bills.
April 30, 2019
With no consensus on Tennessee vouchers, here are the issues for legislative negotiators
A conference committee will sort through big disagreements between House and Senate bills to start an education savings account program.
Updated April 29, 2019
Tennessee’s two largest school districts slam governor’s voucher proposal as unconstitutional
School districts in Memphis and Nashville likely will sue the state if voucher legislation championed by Gov. Bill Lee becomes law, say their two top leaders.
Updated April 25, 2019
Days after historic House vote, education voucher plan clears Tennessee Senate
The Senate’s 20-13 vote on Thursday delivered Gov. Bill Lee a significant victory.
not so fast
April 24, 2019
Historic voucher vote in Tennessee House could be open to legal challenge, says legislative leader
Rep. Mike Stewart says the legitimacy of the 50-48 vote is in question due to the parliamentary actions of Speaker Glen Casada.
Updated April 23, 2019
Tennessee House passes education voucher bill for the first time, Senate vote to come
Tennessee House Representatives voted 50-48 on Tuesday for Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account proposal.
April 22, 2019
With education vouchers teetering in Tennessee, latest proposal targets Memphis and Nashville
A Senate amendment seeks to garner more legislative votes by limiting Gov. Bill Lee's education savings account plan to the state's two largest cities.
Movers & shakers
April 18, 2019
Inner circle: Here’s who education chief Penny Schwinn will lean on in Tennessee
Less than three months into the job, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has filled six of her nine cabinet positions with a mix…
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