About Those Voucher Amendments…

Oddly, all of the “improvements” that have been made to Tennessee House Bill 939, the Education Savings Account Voucher program, have reverted back to their original form in the version that is expected to be presented Wednesday, April 10th. Were those amendments not made in good faith? It certainly gives the appearance that votes were traded for amended language, and then traded again. This kind of shameful trickery of their own peers may be a new low for some of our legislators, but the complete lack of transparency is, unfortunately, exactly what we have become accustomed to. 

 

HB0939 Amend 007851 with Highlights

The TN ESA Voucher Bill, HB 939 is Still Terrible

The TN ESA Voucher Bill, HB 939 is Still Terrible. An annotated version is below. What else do you see that we haven’t covered?

 

HB 939 with highlights and amendment HA0188

Follow The Big, Big, Money

This is a draft map of just some of big money organizations and individuals who spend big money to fund the campaigns of YOUR Tennessee Legislators.

The Governor's Office Would LIE to the Public?

Keep Public Funds in Public Education

We are hearing increasing reports of bullying, harassment, and intimidation tactics being used by Tennessee legislators, to strong-arm YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES into voting the way THEY want them to vote, rather than for the interests of constituents.

Now, we are also hearing that people who voted for Governor Bill Lee have called his office to

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Cover Your Eyes; Our Legislators' PAC Priorities Are Showing!

If you still think the constant attacks on Tennessee’s teachers are partisan attacks, you’ve got some catching up to do!

The school voucher plan has been deceptively re-named “Education Savings Account,” with the hope that it can be fast-tracked through the legislature before constituents notice they have been had. And

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TN House Education Committee Contact Information

Contact information for your Tennessee House Education Committee and Subcommittee members is in the PDF below. Please contact them to let them know that you want PUBLIC dollars used for PUBLIC schools and that local school boards should be in control of local schools.

House Ed Committees 2019 Sheet1

Pass the Bill and Figure it out Later?!

Please watch this meeting of the Tennessee House Education Subcommittee on Curriculum, Testing, and Innovation regarding creating a new commission (yes, bigger government) to authorize charter schools, after local school districts vote not to authorize them. (Skip forward to 42:34 – HB 0940)

If the video does not play, you can also access it

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6 States Invest Twice as Much Per Pupil

50% of States Spend $2,600 More Per Student than TN

A Voucher by Any Other Name

In November, 2018, 92% of Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) delegates voted for a resolution urging lawmakers to oppose “any legislation or other similar effort to create a voucher program that would divert money intended for public education to private schools or organizations.” TSBA membership includes 141 Tennessee school boards, whose members are elected by

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