Voucher plan short on private school partners, study finds

Thursday, April 10, 2014

If Tennessee adopts a new school voucher program, will enough private schools participate to feed the demand envisioned by lawmakers?

An ongoing market analysis sponsored by the Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development suggests a severe shortage in seats.

Gov. Bill Haslam's voucher bill would let low-income students who attend the bottom 5 percent of public schools in Tennessee have first priority of 5,000 scholarships during its first year. Though this includes a handful of schools in Nashville and elsewhere, it would make Memphis ground zero for allowing public money to go toward private schooling.

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