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On April 23, 2019, the Tennessee State House of Representatives voted to pass Governor Bill Lee’s Education Savings Account/Voucher Plan in house bill HB0939. This legislation will allow the creation of education savings accounts with public tax dollars to subsidize the cost of private school education in both Shelby and Davidson County.
The Shelby County Democratic Party commends the 48 House members who courageously opposed this dysfunctional legislation. However, we are disappointed in the Representatives from Shelby County who chose to support this bill. We urge these elected officials to consider the voice of their constituents and the needs of our public school system, and to oppose this legislation.
The SCDP stands in support of Shelby County Schools, and our community of educators, parents, and most importantly, students.
We encourage all voters to join us in taking a stand by calling and emailing your State Senator and urging them to “oppose” the Senate version of the ESA Voucher bill, SB0795. You can find contact information for your State Senators here: www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/.
We’re Better Together,
Michael Harris, Chairperson
The Shelby County Democratic Party will hold its local convention on Saturday March 30, 2019 at White Station High School Auditorium. Due issues with the previous venue, the convention will now be held at White Station High School Auditorium. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and convention start time is 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration is available on the website at www.shelbydem.org. Convention rules and proposed SCDP By-laws will also be available on the website.
The Bi-Annual Convention will be the largest gathering of Democrats in 2019. The SCDP will elect party leadership for the next two years which will lead us through the crucial 2020 Presidential and U.S. Senate elections. Those elected at the Convention will also elect the new Chairperson the following Saturday, April 6th.
The convention is open to all Democrats registered in Shelby County. Attendees should arrive in time to complete all credentialing forms and are urged to pre-register.