Immediately following yesterday’s passage of Governor Bill Lee’s “Education Savings Account” voucher program, Professional Educators of Tennessee sent out this statement:
The Tennessee General Assembly today voted to support a second Education Savings Account type program. The legislation which passed today will serve up to 15,000 lower income students in Nashville and Memphis, after five years. It will very likely face legal challenges. Education policy must support all children in developing the skills, the knowledge, and the integrity that will allow them to be responsible, contributing members of their community and ultimately gain employment with a sustainable living wage. Public education still provides the best opportunity for most children to obtain that success. We do not envision this limited pilot program changing that fact. The vast majority of our schools are incredibly successful, as are the teachers who serve and students who attend them.
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