School vouchers bill faces opposition in Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( — The leader of the largest school district in Tennessee warns vouchers will take money away from students who need it most. This comes after the house barely passed the school voucher bill, after a flurry of amendments.

The bill passed with the promise that Knox County would be removed, making only students in Shelby, Davidson, and Hamilton counties eligible for vouchers.

Students would be eligible for $7,300 yearly, where parents deem fit.

However, Shelby County Schools Interim Superintendent Joris Ray said in a work session Tuesday that vouchers will have a negative impact.

“We talked about how the governor was diverting tax payer’s dollars to public entities and the hardships that it will have on students and parents,” said Dr. Joris Ray.

Antonio Parkinson was one of 11 Shelby County representatives who voted against the bill.

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