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In reversal, Lee says Tennessee no longer implementing vouchers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee’s office says the state has hit pause on a new school voucher program.

 

The governor reversed course just a day after the Republican encouraged parents to apply despite a recent court declaring the program unconstitutional and unenforceable.

 

Instead, Tennessee’s attorney general’s office on Wednesday sought permission to continue implementing a new school voucher program just days after a judge deemed the law unconstitutional and unenforceable.

 

Lee raised eyebrows Tuesday when he told reporters that the state would continue to encourage parents to apply for the vouchers.