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Sunday, July 07, 2019

Gill on Board of Regents
Gov. Bill Lee has announced the appointment of nearly 200 people to serve on 72 boards and commissions, including one that is raising questions. Lee has appointed Mark Gill, a longtime advocate for school vouchers who made headlines after hosting five lawmakers to a stay at his seaside condo, just before the voucher vote. The governor has appointed Gill to the Tennessee Board of Regents. The trip showed a glaring loophole in state law that gave those trying to influence lawmakers the ability to pay for their travel without the public ever knowing. Gill also served on the board of directors of the Tennessee Federation for Children, which has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote school voucher legislation in Tennessee. Jim Wrye, lobbyist for the Tennessee Education Association, says Gill was "front and center" in the effort to pass the governor's controversial voucher measure. Gill did not respond to a request for comment from the Tennessean. The governor plans to use $325 million in education funding to send students to private schools with taxpayer dollars. A recent MTSU poll found that fewer than 40 percent of Tennesseeans support taxpayer fundeded vouchers.


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