School Vouchers: A Solution for a Problem Rutherford County Doesn't Have

Senators Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy, along with Representatives Mike Sparks, Dawn White, and Joe Carr took part in a forum, hosted by the Rutherford and Murfreesboro education associations held at Cason Lane Academy on Thursday night, to address, among other topics, school vouchers, which Gov. Bill Haslam has recently announced supporting.  The general consensus among the legislators seems to be that vouchers will only work if implemented on a local level with local control, and that a statewide program could yield more unintended negative consequences than positive results.  The group also questioned the willingness of private and charter schools to participate in the voucher program, as well as how tuition increases among those establishments would impact the value of proposed vouchers going forward.  All of the lawmakers agreed that a proper discussion and debate of the issue will have to be saved for when the Governor unveils his voucher proposal, which has yet to be made public.

 
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