Kingsport school officials set to discuss voucher legislation at special called meeting

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- Members of the Kingsport City Schools Board of Education will hold a special called meeting to discuss Education Savings Accounts, also known by some as “vouchers” April  23.

According to a release from Kingsport City Schools, the purpose of the meeting will be to consider “passage of a resolution opposing legislation proposing the creation of Education Savings Accounts, which is currently under consideration in the Tennessee state legislature.”

Just last week, teachers, faculty and staff in Kingsport wore red to make a statement against Gov. Bill Lee’s proposed Education Savings Account bill.

John Sevier Middle School Principal Holly Flora told News Channel 11, “We believe public education is the great equalizer, public schools provide a quality education for all students, for students of all abilities and all socio-economic backgrounds.” 

The proposal would earmark $25 million this year for students in districts with failing schools. Parents of students in low-performing school districts could receive $7,300 per year from a special account to pay for them to attend a school outside of the district. 

The legislation is expected to go before the Finance, Ways, and Means Committee on Tuesday. 

That meeting in Kingsport is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 23rd in the Tennessee Room at the KCS Administrative Support Center. 

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