Former educator and current blogger Mary Holden tells the tale of her “Day on the Hill” in Nashville. Definitely worth a read. Here’s some of what she had to say about her experience advocating for public education at the Tennessee General Assembly:
There are many things that bother me about voucher legislation. But here are the two biggies:
- Vouchers haven’t worked anywhere they’ve been implemented. The evidence is clear. See also here, here, and here.
- Look who opposes vouchers: Teachers! You know, those people who actually do the work of educating our children! They know a thing or two about what is needed in public education, and we should be listening to them! (I should know…. I was a teacher, in case you didn’t know!)
But seriously, if the people we trust to educate our children believe vouchers would be harmful to our schools AND if there is plenty of evidence showing that vouchers aren’t successful, then why???? Why do they keep getting proposed?
Read more about Mary’s visit to our legislators and her encounter with state Senator Steve Dickerson.
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