Republicans have long been at war with the public school system in America. We now have a religious extremist governor who will advance that agenda with vouchers and charter schools, neither of which has ever improved education....Not once! They are very successful at transferring public school money into the hands of private operators who never live up to the promise. They do make a bunch of money, though, so I guess that justifies it in the conservative mind.

The Republican governor announced his “parent choice” initiative on Monday before a legislative body that has consistently rejected vouchers in numerous forms. He promised that his plan “will enable low-income students from the most underperforming school districts to attend an independent school of their choice at no cost to their family.”

...Voucher opponents believe that public schools ultimately will pay the price. “We know we have a very finite amount of dollars for public education, and it is not good for our schools when those monies are diverted. This is just a voucher scheme,” said Beth Brown, a Grundy County teacher who is the president of the Tennessee Education Association, the state’s largest teacher organization.

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.