The Price is Right

When one state legislator decided to support a voucher scheme, he earned a primary opponent. Price Harris of Germantown has pulled papers to challenge Republican Steve McManus over the issue of vouchers.

Grace Tatter reports:

“The voucher bill will take more money out of this school system, and it will make them do more with what little bit that they have, and even less if this bill passes,” Harris said Tuesday after picking up a petition from the Shelby County Board of Elections. A resident of the Memphis area since he was 4, the 49-year-old is the father to a seventh-grader and high school senior who attend Germantown public  schools.

Harris, who already followed anti-voucher as well as anti-testing advocacy groups like “Momma Bears” on Twitter, said he was moved by parents and public school teachers at the rally who insisted that vouchers would harm their fragile school district…

As the voucher legislation (HB 1049) heads for a floor vote, possibly as early as next week, lawmakers like McManus have to be thinking about how the vote could impact their electoral prospects.

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2 thoughts on “The Price is Right

  1. Hey Andy, are you going to do a follow up on this? how did the electoral prospects turn out for “voucher supporters?” Any losses??

    • Most notable and high profile was Jeremy Durham – who lost out of his own troubles, more than anything else. Gresham faced a tight race, but ultimately prevailed. Will be interesting to see her role going forward. Vouchers still have a tough road at the General Assembly.

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