Lee’s voucher bill: How they voted

Back by popular demand, the TNJ presents the news in collage form.  Here’s how the House Education Committee voted on Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher proposal:

Representatives voting aye were: Baum, Cepicky, DeBerry, Dunn, Hurt, Leatherwood, Moody, Ragan, Rudder, Sexton J, Weaver, White, Williams, Mr. Speaker Casada. — 14

Representatives voting no were: Byrd, Cochran, Coley, Dixie, Hodges, Love, Parkinson, Vaughan, Windle — 9.

Representatives present and not voting were: Haston — 1.

29 Responses to Lee’s voucher bill: How they voted

  • cjmcd says:

    Thank you Rep. Sexton for your worthy vote.

  • Sandra Clark says:

    Check the funding of Sexton’s campaign when he beat former Rep. Roach in a primary. He’s a wholly-owned subsidiary of the voucher advocates. His vote should not have been in doubt.

    • David White says:

      He has always been bought and paid for by them. This has nothing to do with Conservative. It is the private for-profit school corps stealing from the public tax dollars. Why do you think they have spent so much money on campaigns!

      • MarLE says:

        Tax dollars do not Belong to public schools. That is simply a system we have created.

        So at the moment Public Schools are “stealing public tax dollars”…..and delivering state-wide embarrassing results. What is a reasonable % of students who can’t read on grade level? If the dreaded For-Profits do an Even worse job then we can rescind this.

        This is not about which Thief gets to make off with a Taxpayer heist…it is options for those who want to attend something other than a government school.

        • David White says:

          So you want to give it to a “For Profit” schools? You did not address where they are getting all the money for all of these political contributions! Let’s make it they can use the vouchers for any “Non-Profit” school and it might more attractive. And make regular audit requirements a condition.

          • MarLE says:

            I want them to EARN it. And since the tax dollars are to educate children I want them to go to whatever entity can do that be it NON profit, FOR profit. Why do you care who “steals the public’s money”, as you call it, so long as the job of Education gets done? Sounds like you are oddly jealous that someone may make a profit using the Exact Same dollars as are currently being spent. If a better or equal job is done why do you object so much to there being some margin of profit?

        • Joy Branham says:

          Yes, tax dollars DO belong to public schools because the PUBLIC pays! Tax dollars DO NOT belong in private pockets! I deeply resent having a corporate for-profit entity reaching in MY pocket to enrich THEMSELVES! I’m a teacher–I KNOW what goes on in public schools–we educate EVERYBODY–the rich, the poor, the homeless, the handicapped, the bright, the motivated, the ones with no support. For-profit schools DO NOT! They reserve the right to only pick and choose. They have no accountability, and their bottom line is the BOTTOM LINE, not the CHILDREN. And I’d love to know when the last bad law was ever “rescinded.” When the camel gets his foot in the tent, the tent no longer belongs to you. You are unbelievably naive if you think for-profit schools, vouchers, ESAs, and charters will help children.

          • MarLE says:

            Not so.Joy…

            Public dollars are collected to educate children. Not necessarily to deliver them to a school system that doesn’t meet the educational needs of the very people for whom the money earmarked. It was earmarked for education of students; not for the perpetuation of any particular system of delivery.

            Our system currently is a government monopoly which we have gotten so used to that we refer to the government schools as Owning those dollars.

            The money was collected to deliver an education so that students. could earn a living an not be a burden in their future. Whether public schools, private schools, non-profit schools or For profit schools can deliver on that purpose is a matter of Public Choice.

            In TN it appears that some of the Public is choosing to release the strangle hold of the government monopoly.

          • MarLE says:

            My degree is in secondary education. I taught in public schools My mother was Teacher of the Year (different state); she taught in public schools. Her only female sibling was a Superintendent. But thank you for calling naive; why do people always have to resort to personal attacks?

          • MarLE says:

            We are rescinding the Hall Tax. We rescinded the strangle hold that ABC stores had on the sale of wine and beer. We rescinded the restriction on gambling and have a lottery(that funds education).

            So whether these represent rescinding “bad laws” is in the eye of the beholder.
            But we do know how to rescind laws.

  • MarLE says:

    Weaver (R), Williams (R), Windle (D), Haston (R), Cochran (R), Leatherwood (R), Cepicky (R), Rudder (R), Hurt (R) as well as Chairman Mark White (R) …..All of these Ed committee members received TN Republican Party “automated emails” ahead of the vote because they were Considered NO votes.

    7 out of the 10 “suspected no votes” Actually voted YES. Haston abstained.

    Were they persuaded, arm-twisted or were they simply mis-identified as probable no votes.

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    Embarrassingly ignorant.

  • Donna Locke says:

    Dogs on a leash. Vote for actually conservative independents.

  • Eddie White says:

    How would have conservative independents voted?

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  • Trainpainter says:

    Sheep following their shepherd Dunn/Casada, two of the most anti-public education legislators in the Legislature. Under their facade is a wolf. Remember all these that voted in the best interest of their political career and not in the interest of their constituents. Regret my vote for Lee! Never again!

  • Terry English says:

    I’m sorry that our voted representatives will follow the crowd instead of voting the way their folks at home want them to vote. Historically voucher schools can not keep their doors open so why do we want to take this route?

  • James White says:

    Until the Government gets out of the Education business, our kids are in mortal danger and our Money is for a lost cause.
    Under our U.S.Constitution, the State is the highest government body that can have anything to do with the education of our children. But Ultimately the Parents are the only ones that should be held accountable for the education of their children.

    • MarLE says:

      What would that look like, James~ having parents be held financially accountable for the education of their own children?

      • James White says:

        Have Local schools that use local money, if we need Government schools. No taxes being paid to the Feds nor the State (education dollars), then there would be plenty to go around. And if we Really wanted to, the parents could team up and support a place and a teacher and leave local government out completely. This is how it was done when our country started and MOST Americans could read and write.

        • MarLE says:

          Local money collected from whom? If not the parents only, then they are not accountable for their child’s education.

          • MarLE says:

            The resources needed for a one room school house was some hard covered books and a chalkboard. Not exactly what would allow a student to do well in a sophisticated college pre-med program. And the rich, being congregated as birds of a feather flock together, would have so many more resources than rural or those who couldn’t afford “high rent” zip codes. If you want to ensure that the poor remain poor and rich remain rich that sounds like a poffo plan

          • James White says:

            County/City… they wouldn’t have to tax as much as the Feds or State (less admin costs). Yes, let parents pay, if that is not enough , maybe all… But most I would think that parents pay and send their kids, or they don’t.

          • James White says:

            Also they would only pay for what they want the teacher to teach. Reading (some graduates today cannot read their diploma), writing, math… If they want to get more, they pay more or they go without.

  • James White says:

    I don’t have all the answers. I do know that the more the government spends, the more kids fail. But they want them to fail, all they want is either Workers for their factories or the main objective of public (Government) education is Sexualizing, Perverting, Confusining, and Dumbing them down so they don’t know any difference. That means that public education is working as planned.

  • MarLE says:

    As long as taxpayers at the Federal Income Tax level will subsidize the un-employable for a Lifetime we cannot afford to have children not get an education. So….the concept of tax-payer funded education (rather than the parents) makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is spending 10K per child, incl pre-K which has no benefit past 3d grade and getting 40%+ who can’t perform at grade level.

    Even Karl Marx did not envision a system where a student could fail to get an education and be taken care of for life.

    • James White says:

      Like * “pre-K which has no benefit past 3d ”
      Marx – PS You may need to read the 10 planks of Communism again.

      • MarLE says:

        From each according to their means isn’t limited to their bank account. It is the obligation to make the highest use of all of your talents, abilities. You find this incorrect? I don’t know of any communist country that abides kids sitting in school and getting nothing useful out of it for reasons of laziness, disinterest, or bad behavior.

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