Tennessee Catholic Schools: We Will Take Your Vouchers, But Keep Your State Tests

With all due respect, we’re not rolling like that in Tennessee.

The voucher bill targeting Memphis students on a 5-year trial basis suffered a blow (and rightfully so) from the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission. Legislators got word that at least 24 Catholic schools are happy to take the money but are not willing to take the state test TNReady.

I don’t know many people crazy about standardized testing, but we can all agree on the need for accountability. Yet these schools agree to accept the public dollars only if they are exempt from the terms attached. The schools are not interested in how we do accountability and that, my friends, is a deal breaker. Perhaps that’s the point. Is this the kind way of saying “we really don’t want your kids?”

Read Grace Tatter’s Some Catholic schools may shun Memphis voucher program over TNReady.

 

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Vesia Hawkins

Extremely passionate about education choices, fairness, and good football.

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