Lee’s Lousy Week

Losses for TN Gov are wins for workers, schools

Andy Spears
2 min readApr 22, 2024
Photo by Brandon Hooper on Unsplash

As the 2024 session of the Tennessee General Assembly comes to a close, Gov. Bill Lee is facing a pair of devastating losses.

First, Lee’s signature legislative initiative, school vouchers, will not advance this year. Lee’s advocacy for universal school vouchers dates back to well before he was a candidate for Governor.

The plan would have cost $144 million this year and would have meant universal access to vouchers by the 2025–26 school year.

Now, Lee will have to wait until next year to push again for a school voucher scheme.

Outside the legislature, Lee also lost in his attempt to trample workers.

Lee was outspoken in opposition to the UAW organizing a union at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Despite previous setbacks in attempts to organize at VW, this time, the UAW was successful.



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .