One of Governor Bill Lee’s most controversial platforms, school vouchers, passed the Tennessee House Tuesday after a delayed vote. The vote was originally deadlock at 49 for and 49 against. Rep. Jason Zachary of Knoxville eventually changed his vote for a 50-48 approval.
The legislation now heads to the state Senate. The bill proposes to give families public money to send their children to schools of their choice. Many in education, however, fear the bill will take funding from Tennessee’s lowest performing public schools.
Zachary says he changes his vote after being assured Knox County Schools would be exempt from the bill.