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The issue on the table – are school vouchers a good idea for our community?
In his State of the State address, Governor Bill Lee asked the Tennessee General Assembly for $25.4 million for Education Savings Accounts (ESAs – formerly known as school vouchers) and $12 million for a charter schools investment program. ESAs would provide approximately $7,300 in public money to eligible students who wish to attend private schools, home schools, or other approved alternatives. At that level of funding, approximately 3,400 students from across the state could participate in the ESA program.
Questions to Consider
- Are school vouchers a net positive for a community?
- How effective are voucher programs when it comes to students education and achievement?
- Does this divert money and resources away from public schools?
- How will this impact our county and city budgets?
- Is the Lincoln County Board of Education stance on vouchers the right one for our community?
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