Education advocacy group pushes for voucher program
A leading advocacy group for the creation of a school voucher program in Tennessee says it will renew efforts to pass a proposal in the next legislative session.
The proposed "opportunity scholarship" would let parents move a child from a failing public school in Tennessee to a private school with funding from the state.
However, the measure has struggled to pass because of attempts to expand eligibility instead of a more limited approach, which Gov. Bill Haslam favors.
Ted Boyatt is the spokesman for StudentsFirst Tennessee, which is part of a national advocacy group for school choice. He says a voucher program in Tennessee would give students access to a "quality education and empower families."
Opponents of vouchers say money to support them should be used to improve public schools.