Public Education

Governor Lee's latest voucher scheme will take millions of dollars out of our public schools and give them to unaccountable private schools. Public education dollars need to stay in public schools; not used to subsidize expensive private school tuition.

The GOP argument for this voucher scheme is one of "school choice". I, too, support school choice; parents should be free to choose the best educational path for their child. However, taxpayers shouldn't be forced to pay for private school tuition. It is taking from the poor to give to the rich.

Let's fully fund our public schools. Tennessee students deserve safe, well-maintained buildings and smaller class sizes. Public schools deserve equal access to resources and funding no matter the neighborhood in which it's located. Teachers deserve to be paid a living wage without needing a second job just to survive.

Let’s invest money into public schools and not divert funds to unaccountable private schools.