Tennessee offers families limited school choice options. The state does not support private school choice.
Public School Choice:
Tennessee provides some choice within the public education system, including inter-district and intra-district transfers. The Center for Education Reform reports that Tennessee has a weak charter school law. Approximately 5,000 students attended the state’s 28 public charter schools in 2010.
Private School Choice:
Tennessee does not offer private school choice.
The Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report notes that Tennessee has a state-led online learning program, several district-led programs, and as of 2011 a full-time online school. The Tennessee Virtual Academy provides full-time online education to students in grades K-8. The state-led program, e4TN, had approximately 5,000 course enrollments in 2010-2011. However, funding for e4TN was eliminated in 2011, leaving its status uncertain.
In 2011, Tennessee introduced a bill to implement a scholarship program for low-income students in four major cities: Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The bill passed the state senate but was stalled in a house committee.
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