After months of discussion, Gov. Bill Haslam’s special panel to study school vouchers has issued its report. Unfortunately, the question of whether vouchers would work as a statewide education choice is just as unsettled as it was before the panel first met.
Commend the governor and the nine-member panel for at least having the discussion. As our state and others continue to struggle with educational attainment for its children, workable means of school choice should be explored. But vouchers, which have had limited acceptance and mixed results in school districts nationwide, seem far from becoming a viable part of Tennessee’s educational reform portfolio.