Legislative Report 2019

House Speaker Glen Casada

Knox County legislators were in the thick of the most tumultuous session in years. From school vouchers to sports betting, here’s a look at what passed and what didn’t.

Flips and Flaps

After arm-twisting and deal-making, Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher bill squeaks through the House and a key Senate committee.

Decision Time

Teachers protest vouchers

As the school voucher bill nears crucial votes tomorrow, Knoxville Republicans in the House and Senate are on opposite sides.

School Squeeze

Education Coalition press conference

The Knox County Board of Education faces pressure from advocates calling for more funding, and existing revenue sources that may not provide it.

Choice Words

House Education Committee

Socialists and satanists are invoked as the House Education Committee approves Gov. Bill Lee’s voucher plan on a split vote.

Voucher Momentum

Rep. Bill Dunn

Knoxville’s Bill Dunn shepherds Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Accounts bill over its first legislative hurdle.

School Choice Chronicles

Classroom chairs

The Legislature gears up for Gov. Bill Lee’s proposals to broaden charter authorization and school vouchers.