On Wednesday, the Tennessee House approved HB 138/SB 27 by a slim, three-vote margin. This IEP Voucher Bill puts our most vulnerable children at risk and lacks any mechanism to ensure academic achievement or the safety of the children who are eligible to access it. We would like to thank the following state representatives who recognized that this bill is bad policy and voted against it:
Akabari, Alexander, Armstrong, Beck, Byrd, Cafee, Camper, Carr, Clemmons, Coley, Cooper, Doss, Dunlap, Eldridge, Farmer, Favors, Fitzhugh, Forgety, Gilmore, Halford, Hardaway, M. Hill, Hulsey, Jones, Keisling, Love, McDaniel, Miller, Mitchell, Parkinson, Pitts, Powell, Ramsey, Sanderson, Shaw, Shepard, Stewart, Swann, Towns, Travis, Turner, and Windle.
Now is the time to contact Governor Haslam and ask him to veto this bill, which sets the stage for potential abuse, fraud, and neglect of our most vulnerable children.