Voucher bill clears House Education Committee on 14-9 vote

House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) attends a House Education Committee meeting in Nashville on March 27, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to create a school voucher program in Tennessee has cleared the House Education Committee on a 14-9 vote.

The vote came after lawmakers added language aimed at excluding non-citizens from being eligible for the education savings accounts, a move that would likely draw a court challenge given a U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring all children be eligible for K-12 education regardless of their immigration status.

Another major change was to largely remove homeschooling from the program.

The bill now moves on the Government Operations Committee and would also have to clear the Finance Committee before reaching the House floor.

14 Responses to Voucher bill clears House Education Committee on 14-9 vote

  • James White says:

    Kill the Bill.

  • cjmcd says:

    Non-citizens should be excluded from every American benefit available to American citizens. The only “right’ non-citizens have is to leave America the same way they got here; by the back door. When non-citizens enter by the front door, or the correct method, then perhaps, America will talk with them about becoming legal citizens. Legal citizens have all the Rights available to them.

  • Leslie Parsley says:

    Oh me. Once again, the ignorant speak out while displaying their counterfeit Christianity.

    • MarLE says:

      My Christian obligation to someone who knocks on my door asking me for help should be exactly the same as my response IF he breaks into my house and plans to stay for the rest of his life? If not, then my Christianity is “counterfeit”? Oh, dear!

    • James White says:

      Leslie, the Lord Jesus told US to help and love everyone, He did not say that we are to do it through our government.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Rev. Parsley, it wasn’t even noon and you got your virtue signaling for the day out of the way already. Now in order to get our bona fides as Christians in your church up to snuff, please tell us how many of the 124 million Mexicans and 47 million Central Americans do we have to want to admit and support before we then tackle the billions of downtrodden from the rest of the world. Come on Rev. let us know, don’t be coy.

  • Not Stuart Anderson says:

    Clever modification. The change makes the bill unconstitutional, so when it is struck down, the Rs can say “well we tried!”

    As for the arguments we shouldn’t educate non-legals, keep in mind level of education is directly and strongly correlated with lots of good civic behaviors, including paying taxes. An economic argument can be made that it costs less to educate them than it does not to.

    • MarLE says:

      I think you are missing point numero uno….they should not be here illegally; everything we do and all that we spend trying to facilitate “good citizenship” is just a magnate for higher levels of future illegal entry.

    • MarLE says:

      A family of language challenged, low skill, uneducated are not going to make enough money Let alone pay enough in taxes to offset 10K per year Per child for 14 years of free education. 3 kids= 420 THOUSAND dollars. Think they are paying that in sales taxes if they lived to Infinity?

    • Donna Locke says:

      Trillions already in ESL spending, child tax credit welfare, free school lunch, emergency alien Medicaid, and on and on and on. Not counting the automatic citizens born to illegal aliens, enabling the household to plug in to all welfare programs. Aside from the financial costs to us, there are many other costs now becoming more apparent to even the willfully blind.

      • MarLE says:

        Most of the talking heads on the left keep saying that immigrants are a net benefit. YES, maybe when the Legal and Illegal are lumped in together. But we now have mostly family units crossing, whereas before it was single men with NO children to educate. There simply is No way the cost of illegal immigration is offset by the taxes paid by this group. Why on earth would anyone believe this to be true?

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  • Micha-el says:

    If your arent an american indian stfu about legal status and illegal immigrants bc most europeans claiming to be American are descendents off the santa maria or the mayflower. Yall still come in droves through the York Port. So if a refugee seeks refuge here in my land then I say, so long as they do not infringe upon another man’s civil rights and also does not attempt to defraud any man by abrogating a man’s civil rights through political fraud then they are more than welcome. Europeans that have been in america since breaking damn near each treaty have 0 jurisdiction to make an asseveration attesting to whether or not a refuge may seek refuge in my America lands/territory. Furthermore U.S Citizens are only corporate citizens which are persons which are not qualified as being an actual living and breathing man and therefore a construct can never make a final administrative decision that acts in an adjudicative capacity for most europeans here are here mostly as legal citizens which entails 2nd class citizenship in comparison to myself as an American Indian for I am an American National whom the U.S derives its authority and powers with the first Pres being John Hanson a brother American Indian. Legal qualification is forever beneath lawful status and nationality. I am not anti-government nor anti U.S, I am anti blantant bigotry and idiocy feigning as if it does not practice brutem fulem with intent to commit piracy on my land through the U.S in order to perform human trafficking through persons which is a direct violation of the Rome Statute.

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