Tennessee lawmakers are hoping to expand an education spending account program to the state’s more than 950,000 students statewide.
The bill, which was delayed a week in the committee, provides money by funneling state dollars that would normally be used by districts to educate that student and placing those funds into spending accounts for parents.
The bill seeks to create the “Empowerment Scholarship Account Act,” which would do almost the same for every family statewide as the limited program.
The bill says it will provide spending accounts in which families can use the money for education expenses, including therapy, tutoring or books. While not a traditional school voucher program, it does allow families to spend dollars provided by the state for services such as private schools.
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