Mercedes Schneider writes that the legislature in Tennessee is coming closer to passing voucher legislation that would provide $7,300 per pupil to attend a private or religious school. 

Governor Bill Lee is making this happen because he found nearly $1 million in prizes that he could hand out to undecided legislators.

The students eligible to get a voucher would be in Nashville or Shelby County (Memphis).

Among 57 private schools in Nashville, only 17 would accept students with a voucher of $7,300, and of course the decision belongs to the school, not the family or the students.

If the schools didn’t like the students they accepted, they can toss them out.

Schneider notes:

The Tennessee voucher saga continues to unfold, but already it holds the same promise as does walking through a field of cow patties after dark in your best shoes.