LAWMAKERS CONTINUE TO DEBATE SCHOOL VOUCHER BILL IN TENNESSEE

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s bill to give students private school vouchers in Tennessee appears to be running out of momentum. If it does pass, it would allow 20,000 public school students to go to private institutions across the state and give them $7,000 each.

As this session for lawmakers is approaching a close, many wonder if the different bills in the Senate and House will pass.

The Senate version of the bill is still going. That one requires all students to take standardized tests and has open enrollment.

As far as the House version, Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton said the conversations with the Senate and the governor are ongoing.

“We will continue our conversations in hopes that we can reach an agreement before the session ends. We all agreed not to move the bill forward if a consensus cannot be reached,” said Speaker Sexton.

The Senate plans to take up the voucher bill later this week. The Senate did pass its budget yesterday, but it did not include the $400-million House voucher plan.

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