Listen / After weeks of negotiations, the Tennessee General Assembly passed Gov. Bill Lee’s biggest education initiative Wednesday. But the final version has a higher price tag than originally estimated.
Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher initiative cleared the Tennessee Senate Thursday after a lengthy debate among lawmakers. The measure is expected to be negotiated between Senate and House lawmakers, since each version is completely different from the other.
Listen / There have been many changes in the last few weeks to Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Accounts proposal. The legislature is still workshopping the details of the school voucher plan. And GOP leaders are trying to convince rural lawmakers on the fence, to vote for the bill.
Listen / Many of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s initiatives are making their way through the state legislature, and some are faring better than others. In his first year, the governor’s proposals range from increasing vocational education to faith-based initiatives to implementing a pilot program for school vouchers.
Listen / Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Account plan might be in trouble in the state Senate. Republican Dolores Gresham, the chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, says major changes to the school voucher proposal are needed before there’s agreement.
Listen / Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher plan passed a key committee Wednesday in the Tennessee General Assembly. Several GOP lawmakers still have reservations about the proposal, but after a surprise appearance by a top Republican, most agreed to push it forward.
Listen / Gov. Bill Lee’s plan to create Tennessee’s first school voucher program calls for extending the offer to middle-class families, in addition to low-income ones. That was one of many details that emerged Wednesday when the plan was officially presented to state lawmakers.