It looks all but certain Tennessee will get some form of voucher this year. But what'll that mean?:
Although the governor has not detailed how poor students’ families must be to qualify, nearly 59 percent of students in Tennessee were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches last school year, a telltale snapshot of the number of low-income students. A typical qualifying family of four would bring in less than $42,643 per year.
In Davidson County, 72 percent of students meet that free or reduced-price lunch threshold, which includes 56,268 students, at least some of which would be eligible for the governor’s voucher program.
If Haslam sticks to focusing his voucher plan on weak schools, several in Davidson County are likely in the mix. The bulk of the state’s worst performers are in Memphis, but are also largely in other urban areas like Nashville. The bottom 5 percent of schools alone include 69 in Memphis, six schools in Nashville, six in the Chattanooga area, one in Knoxville, and another in Whiteville outside Shelby County.
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