Tennessee lawmakers tweak voucher-style bill

Posted at 8:54 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 21:54:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican leaders want to tweak a voucher-style bill to funnel more money to rural schools in an attempt to secure more legislative support.

GOP House leaders unveiled the amendment to the education savings account bill on Wednesday, where a House panel later adopted the changes. The bill must now clear the House floor.

Under the latest version, schools that lose students to the proposed voucher program will no longer receive a full financial reimbursement for that drop in enrollment.

Currently, schools get a certain amount of funding based on student enrollment. The original bill had promised that schools eligible to receive education savings accounts -- mostly located in urban areas -- would not lose funding for students who left in order to receive the voucher money.