Tennessee Balks at School Vouchers Despite Trump Support


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Proponents of school vouchers hoped the national political mood could make this the year that Tennessee would enact a law allowing students to use public money to go to private schools.

They were wrong. And now they’re mad.

Donald Trump won big in the state and picked Betsy DeVos as his education secretary, one of the country’s most vocal champions of school choice. But big city school districts and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers beat back the latest attempts to enact voucher legislation this session.

Legislators couldn’t even enact a voucher pilot program limited to Shelby County, which includes Memphis.

The decision to put off the pilot program until at least next year incurred the wrath of the American Federation for Children, a school choice group DeVos once chaired. The group’s Tennessee political action committee has spent more than $1.5 million on direct mail, advertising and candidate contributions since 2012.

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The Top 10 Resistance Victories in Trump’s First 100 Days – AltNet

Nothing Succeeds like Success and the grassroots resistance movements against Trump are proving that great adage with great aplomb.  The Women’s March and Town Halls are my favorite but read about all 10 and get involved in the next one yourself. mc

via The Top 10 Resistance Victories in Trump’s First 100 Days | AlterNet

By John Cavanagh, Sarah Anderson, Domenica Ghanem / AlterNet

Lawmakers override Hogan’s Protect Our Schools Act veto

    • I love it when bad bills die.
    • By Cara Newcomer Capital News Service
  • Apr 6, 2017

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers voted Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would specify which measures could be considered when determining a school’s quality, prohibiting student testing from being one of them.

Student testing will still be considered an academic indicator, which makes up 65 percent of the school’s overall evaluation, while quality indicators make up the other 35 percent.

The bill restricts the state’s ability to intervene in failing schools, which opponents worry is intended to limit the creation of charter schools and voucher systems.

via Lawmakers override Hogan’s Protect Our Schools Act veto | Regional News | cecildaily.com