Making Money Moves

Notes on teacher pay and school vouchers in Tennessee

Andy Spears
2 min readApr 5, 2024
Photo by lucas Favre on Unsplash

Money matters.

Whether it is a job or the cost of something you want or the ability to buy what you need.

Money matters for schools.

It matters for the teachers in those schools. You know, the frontline employees doing the very personal work of connecting with kids.

So, it’s encouraging when school systems take strong steps toward investing in their people.

By the same token, starving school systems of money means less investment in kids.

That’s the problem posed by a voucher scheme that has long been the dream of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.

Speaking of draining money, after more than $1 billion spent with no positive…



Andy Spears

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