State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, speaks with constituents at the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (Independent Herald file photo)
State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, speaks with constituents at the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (Independent Herald file photo)

NASHVILLE — In an email to constituents Thursday, state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, talked Common Core, school vouchers, BEP funding and other educational issues.

Yager, who has been an outspoken proponent of public education in the General Assembly, applauded the failure of a voucher bill that would have offered taxpayer money to allow students from low-performing schools to transfer to private schools.

The voucher bill was declared dead in the House of Representatives, but it actually passed the Senate. Yager was one of only two Republican Senators to vote against the bill.

"I am very sympathetic to the children trapped in low-performing schools, mostly in Memphis, but have a problem offering them a voucher to attend a private school using taxpayers' money," Yager said. "It is ironic to pull funds from a school that may need it the most."

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