Voucher sponsor Bill Dunn draws GOP primary challenger

House Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) presents school voucher legislation on May 1, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Rep. Bill Dunn, the lead House sponsor of this year’s school voucher bill, has drawn a primary challenge from Patti Bounds, a former teacher and Knox County school board member, Knox TN Today reports.

“I opened the bank account today,” Bounds told the publication.  “And now it feels real.”

Bounds opposes the “Education Savings Account” measure enacted at first-year Gov. Bill Lee’s behest. Dunn has been a longtime supporter voucher proposals. He has served in the General Assembly since 1994. He currently serves as speaker pro tem, the ceremonial No. 2 position in the House.

It’s on! Bounds vs. Dunn 2020

Dunn is the second incumbent to draw a primary opponent over the voucher issue. Freshman Rep. Tom Leatherwood (R-Arlington), who voted for the education savings account bill, has drawn a primary challenge from Lee Mills, a former Shelby County GOP
chairman who opposes the measure..


7 Responses to Voucher sponsor Bill Dunn draws GOP primary challenger

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    James White says:

    Yes, I would suspect a school teacher would be against vouchers. It would upset the status quo and the children may actually get an education instead of an indoctrination. Follow the TEA money

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    Not that Stuart guy says:

    Good for her! Vouchers and other “school choice” measures generally are unsuccessful and take money (either directly or indirectly) from public education. Can public schools and their bosses at the TN Dept of Ed do a better job? Of course. But the evidence suggests that voucher/choice programs can not.

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    Keith says:

    Great news! Robbery is still a punishable offense, and that is what the “forced by any means” voucher bill is. Robbery.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    To plutocrats who may seek some of the highest offices in the land some day contending they are conservatives here is what you can do now to burnish your conservative credentials, send campaign contributions to supporters of vouchers who are being challenged by advocates of government school monopoly. That would be a great start.

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      Lenny says:

      Your unsolicited political strategy is so bad. Why would any politician align with no-record voucher bribers under FBI investigation?

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