UPDATED 7:08 AM PT – Thursday, April 25, 2019
Tennessee’s proposed school voucher bill has caught the attention of President Trump, who’s applauding the state’s efforts.
In a tweet Wednesday, the president said Tennessee was “close to passing school choice.” He went on to say all children “deserve a shot at achieving the American dream.”
The Great State of Tennessee is so close to passing School Choice. All of our Nation’s children, regardless of background, deserve a shot at achieving the American Dream! Time to get this done, so important!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2019
Under the bill, qualifying students would receive state funds to attend a school of their choice, public or private, as opposed to the school assigned to their area.
If passed, the $125 million proposal would provide 5,000 children with opportunities they would otherwise not have in just the first five-years. The Senate will vote on the measure Thursday.