TENNESSEE 2020: Teacher's union pushes for school funding, voucher repeal

Jan 29, 2020

Credit teateachers.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Osborne) -- WMOT is exploring the legislative priorities of constituencies across the political spectrum as the State Assembly begins its third week in session.

We hear next from the state’s largest teachers union, the Tennessee Education Association.

TEA President Beth Brown notes that the state’s per-pupil school funding is the second lowest in the Southeast. She says it's time for lawmakers to spend Tennessee’s excess revenue on education.

“We actually have a $7.6 billion cash reserve. ...and so we will be pushing very hard to see some of that revenue that’s going unbudgeted invested in our schools.”

Brown says the TEA will also support efforts this session to repeal Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher plan passed by a single vote last year.