Kingsport school board opposes voucher bill

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The Kingsport school board does not support Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher proposal. 

The board voted unanimously Tuesday evening on a resolution opposing the governor’s “education savings account” bill. 

See also: Tennessee House narrowly passes controversial voucher bill

“What this does is allow us to formally express our opinion as a board of education, as a school system, on how we feel on this particular topic,” Superintendent Jeff Moorehouse said. 

The board’s vote comes after the ESA bill narrowly passed the Tennessee House after the initial vote ended in a tie. 

“We are concerned that there are some strong-armed tactics being used to get votes from senators and representatives to pass this bill through,” said Carrie Upshaw, president of the school board.

See also: Local state reps split votes on voucher bill

The Senate version of the legislation also survived a vote in the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee Tuesday. The full Senate is expected to vote on it Thursday. 

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